With a surface area of 25,000 m² and a gross usable floor space of 165,000 m², Erste Campus stands out through its open, flowing architecture that fits smoothly into the historic and natural spatial context of the city. The ground floor areas are open to the public and the variety of places to eat and drink (restaurants and cafes) ensures that the Campus is different from the usual hermetic design of bank headquarters. The Campus also houses Europe’s largest financial education initiative, the “Financial Life Park” (FLiP). On over 1,400 m², students will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of finance for their personal life and the role that banks fulfil in the economy in an interactive, game-like setting.
The headquarters was designed by Henke Schreieck Architects.
The architects‘ vision It was particularly important to the architects, Henke and Schreieck, that the staff of Erste Group should feel happy about coming into the office every day; that they should feel comfortable at their place of work; and that they should feel proud about working on Erste Campus.
The curving architecture of the building creates an openness which should make it feel inviting and in touch with nature to the people who spend time on the Erste Campus. It was important to the architects, Henke and Schreieck, to create an urban cityscape through the integration of green spaces and thus to provide a motivating atmosphere and a sense of well-being. Through the open structure of the building, Erste Campus is a place where people come together and will encourage communication between them.
The four sections have been designed in such a way that changes to work processes or business areas, even retrospectively, can be accommodated at any time without any great structural alterations. What's more, the buildings have been designed to be barrier-free throughout.
Erste Campus photos
Henke Schreieck Architects
Marta Schreieck and Dieter Henke studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. After graduating, they founded their architectural firm and have since then completed many successful projects, including the k47 office complex in Vienna in 2003, the HOCH ZWEI and RUND VIER office blocks in Vienna and the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein.
The architectural competition
In order to find the optimal model for the Erste Campus, Erste Group on its own initiative launched an architectural competition, having put the project out to international tender. The international jury, chaired by András Pálffy, President of the Wiener Secession - Association of Visual Artists, then chose the 14 participants for the architectural competition.
The architectural competition was widely publicized in September 2007. Advertisements were placed in various daily newspapers in 29 European countries and posted on architecture platforms, inviting entries. The tender documents described, over some 300 pages, the project's visions, aims and requirements, as well as the urban planning environment. Particular value was given to the dynamic and harmonious fusion of architecture, user-friendliness, economic viability and environmental sustainability.
14 participants were selected from more than 200 architects who registered for the competition. The next step, in March 2008, was to select five designs from their input, which would be developed in more detail for the next stage of the competition. Finally, in September 2008, the winning design by Henke Schreieck Architects from Vienna was chosen.
The Erste Campus was created in respect to economic aspects as well as aspects of environment and social sustainability. It was tested by the Austrian Sustainable Building Council (ÖGNI) in accordance with the DGNB system and has been awarded with the highest award, the DGNB platinum certificate.
Facts and figures
Client: Erste Group Bank AG
Project developer: Erste Group Immorent AG
Facility management: s OM
Architects: Henke Schreieck Architects
Workstations: approx. 4,000
Total plot size: 2.5 ha
Gross floor area: approx. 117,000 m² above ground
Parking spaces: approx. 600
Distance from the city centre: 2.5 km
Erste Campus surroundings
History of the location The Erste Campus location is unique - it is one of the districts of Vienna most steeped in history. With cultural jewels such as the Belvedere Palace close by, this district stands for human achievement and economic progress. Even in the 19th century, the Südbahnhof railway station was not just the gateway to the south but also a military and a historical hub which held a particular attraction for many people from all parts of the empire, with all their hopes and expectations. The Erste Campus is situated right next to the new main railway station and positioned on two important transport axes for Vienna. Additionally, it also faces the Schweizer Garten park – yet another benefit for Erste Group staff. The old Südbahnhof railway station had to make way and has now become a piece of Viennese history.
Quartier Belvedere Erste Campus is a part of the Quartier Belvedere. Just a short walk from the Vienna city centre, this new district is being created within an area steeped in history, situated between the Belvedere Palace, the main railway station and the Schweizer Garten park.
The Quartier Belvedere will become the City of Vienna's newest, cosmopolitan district; a vibrant urban locale in which travellers, workers, students, families and senior citizens all come together to exchange views, live and work ...
Conveniently located amid the Wiedner Gürtel section of the ring road, Cafés, restaurants and shops will breathe new life, seven days a week, into this exciting, new district of Vienna. Businesses will find a new location here; and families, singles and couples will feel at home in the new Quartier Belvedere too. The surrounding green spaces, the proximity to the city centre and also the different shops, bars, restaurants, local amenities, cultural, educational and leisure facilities will all provide a new quality of life within the Quartier Belvedere.
The investors in this district will be providing a way of living and working here never experienced before: workers in the firms establishing themselves in this district will not immediately head for home at the end of the working day, but will stay on in the Quartier Belvedere together with their colleagues, with residents and with travellers and bring the day to a positive close.
The district will be one of the most vibrant in the city; countless travellers will be arriving here at the new main railway station and will turn the Quartier Belvedere into one of Vienna's most multicultural quarters. People from many countries and from a diverse range of cultures will come here, passing through or putting down roots, and thus create a colourful mix in the Quartier Belvedere.
Office concept for new corporate culture
With a total area of 40,000 m², the Campus symbolizes the new corporate culture: the central location for around 4500 employees of Erste Holding, Erste Bank Oesterreich and its subsidiaries in Austria who, for the first time in the history of the company, will be gathered together under one roof. Before, Erste Group was distributed across more than 20 different locations in Vienna.
The new venue on the former site of Vienna’s Südbahnhof (Ostbahn), which was the train station for southbound and eastern-bound trains, carries historic symbolism - it was the most important hub that connected Austria with Central and Eastern European countries.
The Erste Campus is a place where staff, customers and everyone who wishes to shape the future with us can come together.
For Erste Group, the new building is, first and foremost, the basis for a new working environment. The shorter distances between departments encourage team building and help to increase productivity. Staff find the new headquarter provide an inspiring and exhilarating workplace, promoting communication between individuals and teams and strengthening team cohesion. In order to translate this vision into reality, staff has been actively involved in workplace design.
Erste Group wants customers, staff and guests entering the Erste Campus to feel good about it, so that a positive feeling of community arises.
Welcome to the new working environment for banking!
This is a place where staff, clients and everyone who wishes to shape the future with Erste Group can come together. But people will not just work here. They will develop ideas, make plans and translate visions into actions.
Corporate Archives is Erste Group’s long-term memory.
Historical documents from the year of Erste österreichische Spar-Casse’s foundation in 1819 right up to the recent past are stored in our depository. Certificates and records, balance sheets, company reports, meetings minutes and correspondence take up about half of the inventory. A comprehensive media collection - consisting of audio, photographic and film material - and a large collection of objects complement the paper archives and round off our memory store.
Corporate Archives stands for working on and at our corporate identity.
We start with a question framed in and by the present, and set off to search for the historical roots for it. In this way current and future-oriented corporate values can be objectively linked into, and reinforced by, a tradition. Research is conducted, using our sources and information, which writes the next chapter in Erste’s biography in a way that can be read by employees and the outside world alike. No enterprise that, right from its founding concept, was and continues to aim to be firmly anchored in society, acts autonomously in this respect. Its memory bank is also the record of a community and its individual members.
Corporate Archives provides a service to the organisation.
We work, on a project basis, together with a wide range of business areas, departments and branch offices. We provide information and historical materials, assist or curate exhibitions, produce texts, folders and Videos.
Facts & Figures
Inventory (status: Mai 2019)
95.000 archive items
1.6 linear kilometres of storage
85.180 inventory numbers issued,
Written material: 25.000
Fascicles / documents / certificates
Manuscripts / meeting minutes / reports
Photo and media archive: 31.800
Saving devices: 6.800
Historical coins: 6,480
Other objects: 7.200
History of Erste und Sparkassen
Legal historic library
General topics: money, finance, banks
Library: 334 m2
Depository / archive rooms: 710 m2
Mobile shelving system: 2.4 linear kilometres of storage
Corporate Archives Library
Location: Building section A, 1st floor / A1.110.1 (above the George café)
Opening hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00 - 14.00 hours
The library contains in the main valuable historical books (unique copies).
The Corporate Archives library holds around 3,000 books, bound magazines and publications on:
The history of Erste Bank and the Sparkassen
The international history of savings banks
Past balance sheets / company reports since 1819
Legal history library
General topics: money, finance, banks
ERSTE Foundation Library
You can also find information resources on topics such as the financial economy, financial literacy, current developments in social banking, social entrepreneurship, money and alternative currencies like Bitcoin, on monetary policy, the financial crisis, investment strategies, globalisation, equitable distribution and sustainability in the ERSTE Foundation Library.
The ERSTE Foundation Library collection on financial topics can be found in the Financial Life Park, and also covers books promoting financial literacy for children and young people including comics like “Der Dax der Ducks” [Donald-Duck and friends’ take on finance]. The books can be accessed during FLiP opening hours - and borrowed, with a library card, which can be issued at ERSTE Foundation’s Offices.
“There is no law stating that the walls of corporate headquarters have to be adorned with art. We only display art where we believe it has relevance and can be an inspiration for all Erste Campus users and visitors.”
This statement from the Erste Campus “Mood Book” which accompanied the architectural competition has been taken up by the two curators Kathrin Rhomberg and Pierre Bal-Blanc, who in close consultation with the building owner and the architects Henke Schreieck have invited ten internationally renowned artists from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe to make project proposals. The criteria for the Art in Architecture Project required the artists not only to take into account the context of the geopolitical area in which Erste Group operates, but also to make reference in the projects to the character and location of the Erste Campus building on the former site of the Südbahnhof railway station.
You will find a summary about Art in Architecture in Erste Campus in our booklet for download:
Keep It Short – Short Film Competition at Erste Campus
The Erste Group organized its first-ever short film competition together with VIS Vienna Shorts Festival.
The competition invited international filmmakers to address the many facets and diversity of the Erste Campus, the headquarters of Erste Group.
The film projects dealt with the architecture and the surroundings of the historical location, the site of the former Südbahnhof train station, in an artistic and innovative way. At the same time, the filmmakers looked at the Erste Campus as an open space for encounters and communication, thus also addressing the new working environment which its offices provide. A total of five short films were produced
An independent jury conferred first place to Stefan-Manuel Eggenweber and Stephan Langer for their film “Ingwer gegen alles” (“Ginger against everything”)
Quotes from the jury
“With its unconventional approach, the film project by Stefan-Manuel Eggenweber and Stephan Langer managed to convince the jury. The film is irritating, amusing and inspiring; it goes against the usual narratives and does so simply by using two cameras, two shoes and quite a lot of ginger”.