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

documentation of the fern yard

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

water yard choreography from above

detail of the trickling water

flying gardens, 2015

  • fern yard
  • material 20 hand-made artificial ferns, motors, stainless steel, controlling unit
  • dimensions 15 x 12 x 20 meters (6 stories high)
  • water yard
  • material 20 anodized aluminium sieves, motors, stainless steel, controlling unit
  • dimensions 15 x 12 x 24 meters (7 stories high)

flying gardens, 2015

  • curated by

    liquid frontiers

  • a project by

    mischer’traxler studio and Martin Robitsch

  • concept phase


  • realisation


  • documentation


  • construction flying gardens


  • archtitects

    DMAA architects

  • client

    KAV Vienna / Pflegewohnhaus Donaustadt

  • landscape architecture

    Rajek & Barosch

  • video documentation