What would happen if we took accessibility as an opportunity to invent multi-storey residential landscapes without elevators?
We take the development of apartments on the southern outskirts of Graz as an opportunity to create a new relationship between privacy and community: new typologies generate new worlds.
URBAN PLANNING/ OPEN SPACE The arrangement of the carpet-like residential clusters opens up a horizontal field that is connected to the superordinate road network along its edges. Between the individual construction stages crossways are created. Instead of high-rise buildings, we propose a compacted carpet concept due to the milieu-forming qualities: “two and a half storey” construction with the split ground floor (strategic use of the semi-submerged garage) creates differentiated interior spaces. Topography, design of surfaces and concept of planting suggest individuality and intensity despite the moderate density. At the same time, they structure differentiated public spheres: – the intimate open space for every apartment (grass fields as a buffer to gardens, atriums, loggias, terraces) – the staircase atrium for the neighbourhood with access to the green roof (community gardening option) – the square of the settlement for village urbanity with fruit trees (ensuring minimum construction), playground, access to all residential atriums and areas for appropriation – the generous, open-use areas of the landscape between the clusters with space-forming woods (leading tree species: lime, maple, elm) meadows and seepage-capable plazas and paths). The entire field is framed at its edges by the tree population, which becomes sparser towards the inside.