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Proof of an external world
Art in architecture

Mobile art for a building and its inhabitants who have reduced mobility.

Pflegewohnhaus Donaustadt
 
 
Installation Flying Garden mischer*traxler
Farnhof
Farnhof
Farnhof
Farnhof
Farnhof
Wasserhof
Wasserhof
Wasserhof
Wasserhof
Wasserhof
Wasserhof
Wandgestaltung Marlene Hausegger
Wandgestaltung Marlene Hausegger
Wandgestaltung Marlene Hausegger
Wandgestaltung Marlene Hausegger
Wandgestaltung Marlene Hausegger
Windfang Installation Mischer*Traxler
Windfang
Windfang
Windfang
 
 

Pflegewohnhaus Donaustadt

For:

Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund 

Date: 

2011-2015

Location:

Vienna, Donaustadt

Conception and production:

Liquid Frontiers

Installations in the fern and water courtyards:

mischer*traxler studio und Martin Robitsch

Production: 

INDAT

Installation of wind lobby: 

mischer*traxler studio

Electronics wind lobby: 

DKIA

Design of walls:

Marlene Hausegger

Architecture of the building:

Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Photos:

Christian Brandstätter, Klagenfurt

mischer*traxler studio, Wien

Video-documentation:

trick-my-film

In contrast with the dubious past of similar institutions, Alois-Stacher Haus was designed by its architects not as a hospital but, explicitly, as a residential building which treats its elderly residents as autonomous users rather than as disabled persons per se. However, as the residents spend a lot of time in the building, the concept behind the artistic intervention is based on the idea of using individual measures to strengthen connections between the internal spaces and the city and to render changes in the outside world perceptible to those inside the building.

“Flying Gardens” is the title given by the studio mischer'traxler to the kinetic installations which they created for the two central internal courtyards which are inaccessible for reasons of safety. These installations dissolve the static appearance of the areas of water and greenery in the two courtyards by means of a gentle, vertical movement which creates a dynamic, floating, three-dimensional image of nature. A further installation in the entrance area translates weather data measured on the roof of the building into a similar, continuously changing setting which, once again, recalls natural processes. 
The wall designs by the artist Marlene Hausegger facilitate a similar process of transfer from outside to inside, although this is achieved using technical and formally minimal means. The motifs for the six large areas of wall adjacent to the lift landings also draw from natural phenomena and were created using a total of 51,640 off-the-shelf coloured tacks which were positioned by hand.
Dependent upon the angle of observation, these quasi “pointillist” compositions produce a varying, dynamic image which, thanks to the additional haptic component, can also be perceived by simple touch.

flying gardens water from Liquid Frontiers on Vimeo.

flying gardens - water

flying gardens ferns from Liquid Frontiers on Vimeo.

flying gardens - ferns

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