Badhausgasse Shared Terrace


  • Area : 0,03
  • GPS X : 16.343383700000004000
  • GPS Y : 48.207323800000000000
  • Implementation end : 2008
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  • Project Status : Completed Project
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  • Brief Description : Three parties sharing ownership of the terrace of an art nouveau residential house in Vienna jointly commissioned this communal project. A design was required that creates a seperation between the private areas but nevertheless allows the terrace to be perceived as a whole. Two 70 cm high plant boxes made of Corten steeel were specially constructed; placed end to end along the terrace they would measure just under fifteen metres. Evergreen bamboo in combination with hydrangea and Japanese ornamental maple, creating a light and airy effect, while simultaneously serving as a sight screen (Lička, L.; Grimm, K. (Hg.) (2015): nextland Zeitgenössische Landschaftsarchitektur in Österreich. Birkhäuser, Basel, B20).

    Three tenants with access to one shared terrace have joined forces in a
    single project. What was requested was a terrace planned in a way that
    would allow a separation of private areas but at the same time maintain
    the undivided appearance of the whole terrace landscape.
    Two plant troughs made of Corten steel run across the terrace in one
    piece up to 15 metres in length. The metallurgical properties of this
    corrosion-resistant steel cause the typical superficial oxidisation,
    thus creating weather-resistant, durable troughs. The corroded layer
    forms a brownish-orange surface that provides contrast to the plants
    with their great variety of shades of green. For one tenant the side of
    the trough remains in its original dark grey state due to a linseed oil
    varnish. Deviating from the current ownership situation, the troughs
    were used to create a new division of space that increases the utility
    and value of the terrace for all tenants. A leasing contract was made
    for this purpose.
    As the dominant plant the evergreen bamboo provides visual protection.
    Following the rhythm of the seasons, this is completed by decorative
    fennel, spurge, daylily, iris and sweet-smelling roses in white, orange
    and red. Stone baskets permeable to air (gabions) let the garage
    ventilation system that runs through the terrace disappear entirely. The
    gabion is raised slightly higher so it can capture some new space. The
    area created can be used as additional plant trough, turtle enclosure,
    water area, playground or table. The wooden floor made of Bankirai
    extends the living room into the outdoor area (Karin Standler (n.y.): Shared Terrace – Badhausgasse, Vienna, URL: (25.11.2015)).
  • Designer : Karin Standler Landschaftsarchitektur