Isn’t the threshold space between the master plan quarter and the single-family house carpet exactly the place where living should be freed from its sad relationship between figure and ground?
For Quartier 7 of the Reininghaus urban development area in Graz, an urban development concept had to be worked out which arranges 240 apartments and a nursery school around a central 3,000 m² neighbourhood park. In principle, the quarter should be given an open, green character.
The GardenRoomPark reconciles the myth of living in the countryside with the need to create urbanity and thus more than living. A thick green carpet spreads over the entire plot. Its charming, green fabric turns the plot into a unique location: the point blocks scattered on it stand in soft garden plush, a space-forming network of paths, green rooms, squares and a large open centre. The GardenRoomPark replaces the problematic figure-ground relationship (= houses with space in-between) with a magical open space mosaic that emerges from the synergetic interaction of building and open space. This interplay creates a place with paradoxical but all the more sustainable urban qualities: genius loci of urban suburbanity.