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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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