A landscape for sitting, sports and shadow play
Concerning the womenīs walking yard, the project is not about shadow instead of sunlight, but rather
about sightlines and a blind angle, and also, itīs about mixing some solid grey into the pure green. A
concrete sculpture at sitting height redraws the exact zone within the womenīs yard that cannot be looked
into from the menīs section: that zone is in the blind angle as seen from the outermost cell in the middle
section. Between this line of sight, invisible as it is, and the fassade, a precise triangular garden is formed.
Also in this, there is a gesture of reversal, and something regulated by duty leans towards enjoyment: In
order to get light through the entire surfaces of the windows to the workshop, around these windows,
hollows are created. As "islands for sitting" in various sizes, they allow for sitting alone or together in
variably sized groups as much as, seen from a slightly different angle, they unfold into a kind of sportīs
landscape, especially one for Parcour. The sight and shadow sculpture thus offers space for sitting, lying
down, for rest and relaxation as much as for moving. While in the blind angle, it is still in the sunlight
for the best part of the day.
With both yards, inmates join into processes of shared creation and maintenance, and thus act as partners
in a work of participation and development.
Architektur / Architecture: Gabu Heindl
Mitarbeit / Assistant: Daniel Ehrl
Ausloberin / Client : BIG − Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft
content: (c) GABU Heindl Architektur 2011