Escape balcony - Fluchtbalkon

An escape balcony is a balcony which, when connected to an external staircase or with the aid of fire brigade rescue equipment, forms a second escape route out of a building.

At the same time as the rescue function, the escape balcony is often used as a smoking balcony. It also serves as a break area for the adjacent work rooms, often also as a communal area.

Escape balconies are often integrated into double facades .


  • Easy way to secure the second escape route
  • Usually enhancement of the room quality of the adjacent rooms
  • A simple solution to designate smoking areas


  • Can cause problems with required clearance areas.
  • In the case of careless execution and failure of thermal separation, thermal bridges can occur.