Architect-artist Vito Acconci, has constructed an artificial island on the river Mur in Graz. Acconci Island, consisting of various interlocking surfaces with flowing transitions, houses an amphitheatre, a cafe and a playground. Large parts of its outer stainless steel skin reflect the city. Acrylic fibre, glass, steel grids and peepholes provide a view onto the water and the banks; the transparent materials make the building look weightless.The result is a breathtaking, technically sophisticated avant-garde piece of architecture that refuses categorization. This book documents the different stages of the design, places sketches and computer simulations next to remarkable photographs of models as well as shots of the finished island. An interview with Vito Acconci and a presentation of the diverse work by the Acconci Studio round off the book, which is published on the occasion of Graz Cultural Capital of Europe 2003.