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Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000) was an Austrian artist (who later took on New Zealand citizenship). Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century.

Although Hundertwasser first achieved notoriety for his boldly-coloured paintings, he is more widely known for his individual architectural designs. These designs use irregular forms, and incorporate natural features of the landscape.


The Hundertwasser House is a true architectonic peculiarity. It’s a colorful, leafy fairytale castle between the grey and normal big city buildings, which radiates harmony, individuality and humanity.

This edified dream by architect and university professor Joseph Krawina and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser is one of the most visited buildings in Austria and counts, therefore, to one of the most important cultural possessions of the country. Designed in 1977, it was the first architecture project that the artist was allowed to co-create but none of his later buildings reached the success of the Hundertwasser House. Maybe the great co-operacion between the well-known and experienced architect Krawina and the creative artist Hundertwasser who accented emotions and imagination was the recipe for success.



"Waldspirale" in Darmstadt, Germany, which nicely illustrates his love of the spiral and colour and

different shaped windows.


The vertical belongs to man, the horizontal to nature, according to Hundertwasser.


Hundertwasser with model of Bad Blumau, a spa in Austria.


The real thing.

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Chris Peska's picture

what strange and lovely architecture! seems like he was ahead of his time a little?

Observe. Design. Build. Live.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

Hundertwasser House would fit in Fitzroy so well. 

Interior of Hundertwasser House.

I collect, therefore I am.

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Chris Peska's picture

^^ Agreed Pete, but you'd struggle to find a big enough block of land to fit a house that size in Fitzroy :P I love the use of greenery and organic shapes. Really cool.

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.


Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.