Ablinger, Vedral & Partner – Architects – Vienna, Austria
“Water on the Hillside
A long, narrow piece of property is usually difficult to build upon. And erecting a residence on this small, sloped site on the edge of Vienna became even more of a challenge because a steep, wooded berm separated the building footprint from the road. The point of access to the site is thirteen meters above the ground floor level. Now a wooden bridge – which passes through a jungle of treetops– arrives at the building’s uppermost floor.
Along the west side of the house a stream burbles down the hillside, fed by an old fountain. Starting from the basin at this spring, the water proceeds to a pond, where it overflows. It continues via a waterfall and channels to a cistern at the garden’s lower edge. The pond is contained in a gently curved, oversized basin of reinforced concrete; the portion jutting out from the hillside creates a covered space beneath.
During the summer months the garden metamorphoses into a bathing paradise for children, replete with a sand beach along the stream. The sounds of flowing water drown out the noise emanating from the city and the nearby railroad tracks. Just above the pond there is a lawn with campfire, in the lowermost corner a terraced fruit and vegetable garden.”
Description of the fantastically creative and resourceful building/garden by the Viennese architects submitted for the Private Plot award 2007.