news
  • may 29 - ongoing
    exhibition

    we had the pleasure to co-curate the new MAK Design Lab at the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna

    MAK Design Lab

  • may 28 - october 26, 2019
    exhibition

    we developed a new piece 'coalesque' for "the conversation show" currently on show at Design Museum Holon

    the conversation show

  • may 10 - january 20, 2020
    exhibition

    our project 'curiosity cloud' is part of the Cooper Hewitt Nature — Design Triennial in New York, which is co-organised and developed together with Cube Designmuseum in Kerkrade, NL

    Nature - Design Triennial - Cooper Hewitt

  • may 10 - january 20, 2020
    exhibition

    our 'curiosity cloud chandelier' is on show at the Cube Designmuseum.

    Nature - Design Triennial -Cube Designmuseum

  • may 10 - august 04, 2019
    exhibition

    Design by Time exhibition travelled further and with it our projects 'isochrone', 'day by day' and 'the idea of a tree' — currently on show at the Knoxville museum of art

    Design by Time

  • may 31 - june 23, 2019
    exhibition

    'the idea of a tree' is currently on show at the "design without borders" exhibition at the New Budapest Gallery in Hunagry

    design without borders

flying gardens

elevating natural elements from the ground floor
up to the living areas of the elderly residents

  • year 2012 / 2015

  • category Kinetic / Interactive Installations

  • in collaboration with

    Martin Robitsch

  • for

    KAV Vienna / Pflegewohnhaus Donaustadt

In 2012 mischer’traxler studio and Martin Robitsch were approached by the curators of Liquid Frontiers to develop a project for the inner courtyards of a residential care facility for the elderly in Vienna.
The landscape design for the ground-level of the yards were already planned with a water pond and a fern garden. Due to the immobility of some residents and the fact that the yard is not accessible, the designers decided to bring the elements of the ground floor up to the people. In steady motion and balanced choreography, twenty water sieves or twenty ferns slowly pass the windows of the communal rooms and fill the yards with contemplating movement. While the the ferns arrange automatically in various patterns and formations allowing to see different arrangements throughout the day the sieves fill with water at their lowest point. Once they are pulled up again, the water trickles down again, filling the yard with small water-drops.

documentation of the water yard, capturing the sieves moving slowly in a choreography

visualisation of the fern yard explaining the concept of bringing the elements of the ground floor
up to the elderly people who would not have access otherwise

flying ferns in choreography

fern yard, ground floor

flying gardens, 2015 / permanent kinetic installation in an old-people's residence

detail of the trickling water

water yard choreography from above

flying gardens, 2015

  • material

    fern yard:

    20 hand-made artificial ferns, motors, stainless steel, controlling unit

     

    water yard:

    20 anodized aluminium sieves, motors, stainless steel, controlling unit

  • dimensions

    fern yard:

    15 x 12 x 20 meters (6 stories high)

     

    water yard:

    15 x 12 x 24 meters (7 stories high)

  • curated by

  • a project by

    mischer’traxler studio and Martin Robitsch

  • concept phase

    2012

  • realisation

    2014/2015

  • documentation

    2016

  • construction flying gardens

  • archtitects

  • client

    KAV Vienna / Pflegewohnhaus Donaustadt

  • landscape architecture

    Rajek & Barosch

  • video documentation