Magdas Hotel Ungargasse

Deadline: Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021, 11:00am

Run by recognized refugees and hotel professionals and designed in cooperation with artists, architects and students, the magdas HOTEL in the Prater has been a place for encounters far beyond the traditional boundaries of a hotel business since 2015. In 2021 magdas hotel will move to the third district, to the former Stephanushaus.

The house was built in the sixties by cathedral master builder Kurt Stögerer and is currently being turned into an exciting city hotel. Upcycling and the use of old materials play an important role, as does the artistic design of the interior and exterior spaces. magdas Hotel also wants to create a lively setting in Ungargasse for new and old Viennese people as well as guests from all over the world together.



The prize money will be used to realize the artistic design of two facades* of the future magdas Hotel in Ungargasse. The realization of the project is planned for May 2022.

* Ungargasse: total wall area approx. 30m² (see Fig. 3)

* Krummgasse: total wall area incl. escape staircase approx. 260m² (see Fig. 1 and 2)

Free-standing wall section (colored yellow): Fixed design

Wall section behind the escape stairs (hatched yellow): can be optionally integrated into the design


It is possible to apply as an individual for the design of one as well as for the design of both facade(s).


Target group

All regular students of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as street and mural artists invited by Caritas are eligible to participate.


Awarding conditions

The competition for the design of two facades of the magdas Hotel Ungargasse is tendered as a two-stage process.

In the first stage of the competition, five non-ranked designs are selected from the submitted projects by a jury of seven experts*. These will then move on to the second stage of the competition, in which the participating people will be asked to work out detailed preliminary drafts.

* Three teachers from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2x Fine Arts, 1x Architecture), two project managers from magdas and two external experts from the fields of street art and the local community.



All five participants in the second stage of the competition receive an advance payment of EUR 500 each as an allowance for expenses.

The prize for the design of the facade Krummgasse is endowed with EUR 12,500 (production + fee 50/50).

The prize for the design of the facade Ungargasse is endowed with EUR 5,000 (production + fee 50/50).



for the 1st stage of the competition: October 12th to November 23rd, 2021

for the 2nd stage of the competition: December 2nd, 2021 to January 4th, 2022

--> Please note that this application period only applies to those people whose designs were selected in the first stage of the competition and who were consequently invited by the jury to participate in the second stage of the competition.


Necessary for submission in the 1st stage of the competition:

  1. Project proposal (file size 5 MB, max. 10 pages)
  • Project description (max. 1 page in an A4 format)
  • Project-related work samples/drafts
  1. Portfolio (file size 5 MB, max. 20 pages)
  • Overview of artistic work (max. five works)
  1. CV


Please indicate whether you are applying for the design of one or both of the facade(s)!


Please note that all three documents must be uploaded separately as PDF files with the following file name:

  1. Project proposal_name_magdas
  2. Portfolio_name_magdas
  3. CV_name_magdas


Fig. 1: plan facade Krummgasse; © magdas – Social Business der Caritas der Erzdiözese Wien


Fig. 2: facade Krummgasse; © magdas – Social Business der Caritas der Erzdiözese Wien


Fig. 3: facade Ungargasse (in yellow); © magdas – Social Business der Caritas der Erzdiözese Wien


For further information please contact Daniela Jungmann-Masilko (, +43 1 588 16-1202)


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