The specific topographic situation, the location on both the fringe of the city and the Vienna woods as well as the spirit of the place in the vicinity of the Neustift cemetery, led the conceptual design towards a nature retreat with clear formal definitions.
The garden is structured by two formal axis; the entrance axis allows barrier-free accessibility to all 4 buildings and invites people from the vicinity to use a small neighbourhood square. In the back of the plot this axis is intersected by a second axis, which provides a series of terraced spaces: children’s and adult’s play facilities, gardening beds for residents. At the intersection a more intimate square invites residents to sit down and chat with neighbours and friends.
The garden is connected to the wider landscape by an extensive planting concept made of meadow and typical forest trees. This naturalistic approach is complemented by geometric terraces with lawn or hard surfaces.
In order to complement the existing cemetery enclosure wall the residential area is defined by a concrete wall allowing for privacy for both visitors of the cemetery and residents. The wall represents an important design element that will be intensively planted with climbers, perforated and therefor permeable for light and small animals, and equipped with luminaires that create a soft background light for the residences.