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Luxury for Everyone

Milestones in European Stepped Terrace Housing

Edited by: Gerhard Steixner and Maria Welzig

Stepped terraced houses as alternative

The stepped terraced house is a type of building that meets modern housing requirements: it is economical and offers ample living space with the comfort of terrace and garden. Rising to popularity with the advent of new social movements it was forgotten with the progressive erosion of the new ideas of society and relegated them to obscurity or even to their disqualification as eyesores. Yet the enduring satisfaction of residents and ecological advantages of green houses make terraced housing as attractive as ever.

The buildings studied in the book are not only architectural icons today; even today, one can still learn from them about what residential buildings need. One proponent of this building style was Harry Glück; part of his text pleading the case for a green city is printed here.

  • The stepped terraced house as a green alternative to the grid
  • Investigation of 12 examples from Europe and overview 20th century
  • With excerpts from Harry Glück’s manifest "Die Möglichkeit einer grünen Stadt"

Author Information

Prof. Gerhard Steixner, architect, Technical University Vienna
Dr. Maria Welzig, art historian, Vienna

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Audience: Architects, Students