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  • opening June 25th
    exhibition

    'idea of a tree' in Chicago
    "exploring the idea of nature in design as a multifaceted engagement with landscape, materials, technology, and traditional ways of making"

    Art Institute of Chicago

  • June 18th - September 25th
    exhibition

    'nocturnal cloud' as part of the exhibition "Listening to the Earth" at mudac Lausanne

    mudac Lausanne

  • on show till December 31st
    exhibition

    the exhibition "Forms of drinking" shows the glass as a design theme and an object of everyday life.
    Our project 'Access' is a set of six drinking glasses, confronting people with the global distribution of clean drinking water.

    Punta Conterie / Murano

  • March 27th - Nov. 6th 2022
    exhibition

    'LeveL' in the exhibition
    "the new human" at the Große Kunstschau Worpswede

    Worpswede Museum

  • ongoing
    exhibition

    we had the pleasure to co-curate the new MAK Design Lab at the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna. Within the permanent exhibition one can find as well a few of our projects like 'the idea of a tree', 'limited moths' or 'LeveL

    MAK Design Lab

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