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The Hundertwasser house is an apartment complex in Vienna designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Constructed between 1983 and 1985, the city gave Hundertwasser, and his co-author architect Joseph Krawina, free reign of the design. Hundertwasser wanted a building that was closer to nature, which is why there are so many trees, and without any unnatural straight lines. He liked bright colors and whimsical shapes which is why the house looks the way that it does today.
The house features uneven lines, a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. There are 52 apartments, four offices, 16 private terraces and three communal terraces. The houses can only be viewed from the outside. However, across from the houses is a village also designed by Hundertwasser that you can enter. Inside are cafes and gift shops. It’s worth wandering through it, but I’m sure buying anything there would be expensive. Nearby is the Kunst Haus Wien, which is home to a permanent Hundertwasser exhibition.
All of this interesting design makes for a fun walk through. All the colours really catch your eye and there always seems to be something interesting to look at.
Have you seen any of Hundertwasser’s work while in Austria? Do you like this style or is it too random and crazy for you?
1030 Vienna, Austria