Hundertwasserhaus (Hundertwasser House) is a residential building in Vienna designed by the famous Austrian artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The Hundertwasser House was built between 1983 and 1986. It is now one of the most visited landmarks in Austria. The Hundertwasser House can only be viewed from outside. However, a few hundred meters from the Hundertwasser House is the Kunst Haus Wien, which is home to a permanent Hundertwasser exhibition.
Hundertwasser, Friedensreich was born in Vienna on December 15, 1928. He was an artist who had lived in Vienna, New Zealand, Venice, and Normandy. Hundertwasser had unconventional ideas, advocated peace, ecology, and a form of architecture which takes into account human needs and natural phenomena.
The colorfully decorated exterior façade of Hundertwasser House in Vienna draws attention to itself almost magically. The residences of Hundertwasser House has the right to decorate the façade around their windows entirely to their own preferences which make it even more lively! More than 200 trees and shrubs on the balconies and roof terraces make the Hundertwasser House a green oasis in the heart of the city. The extravagant result is known around the world today.
Another Hundertwasser building in Vienna is the Fernwärme Wien at Spittelau. Fernwärme Wien is a thermal waste treatment plant. It burns the city’s trash to heat water and the superheated water is pumped in large and long tubes to offices and residential buildings for heating purposes. This plant could be visited daily by appointment. You can reach it through the U4 and U6 Spittelau Station.
When I was staying in Heddernheim, Frankfurt, there is also a kindergarten in our neighbourhood, which was designed by Hundertwasser himself. If you are visiting Frankfurt or a huge fan of Hundertwasser, you should definitely drop by to have a look. You could get there through the U1 Zeilweg Station and U2 Sandelmuehle Station. A short walk from the stations is needed, you just have to ask around for the exact location of the kindergarten. :)
The designs of Hundertwasser are easily recognizable by his very special “Hundertwasser’s façade”. He loved to integrate the concept of permaculture into architecture and always added some gold to his designs. As is typical of Hundertwasser houses, hardly a straight line can be found here. The famous Hundertwasser House is not only recommended as a place to visit for those who are interested in art, but you should also invite everyone to go on a fantastic journey through the architecture and art of Friedensreich Hundertwasser.