Opening Discussion

The Terrassen­haus: An Urban Dream?

To accompany the exhibition 'The Terrassenhaus. A Viennese Fetish? / SammlungsLab #1'

Wed 18.10.2017, 19:00-21:00
Residential neighbourhood with meadow in the middle

Town Musicians of Bremen, Artec Architekten
© Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Margherita Spiluttini

Urban density and a closeness to nature made the Terrassenhaus a hit. What's needed for a revival?

At the Opening of the exhibition an intergenerational panel discussion engages with the question of why, in the architecture discourse at least, the Terrassenhaus is currently experiencing a revival despite having been discontinued as a type of housing in the 1970s. How would guidelines have to change to make the Terrassenhaus easier to realise again? And to what extent can the Terrassenhaus be regarded as a Viennese phenomenon?


  • Hermann Czech, architect
  • Michael Gehbauer, CEO of WBV-GPA
  • Bettina Götz, Artec Architekten
  • Friedrich Kurrent, architect
  • Michael Pech, ÖSW board of directors
  • Anna Popelka, PPAG Architects

Moderated by Lorenzo De Chiffre, curator of the exhibition