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I love puzzles and even as an adult I love doing them. Therefore when I came across a puzzle with the Hundertwasser house photo, I just had to know more about this amazing architecture. As a result of my research, I now decided to put “visit Hundertwasser buildings: on my travel bucket list.
Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, was an Austrian-born artist and architect.
According to Wikipedia: “Hundertwasser stood out as an opponent of “a straight line” and any standardization, expressing this concept in the field of building design. His best known work is the Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna, Austria which has become a notable place of interest in the Austrian capital, characterised by imaginative vitality and uniqueness.”
Born on 15 December 1928, Hundertwasser was at first known for his bold colourfull paintings. In addition his individual architectural designs of irregular forms and natural features he took from the landscape surrounding his properties, made the Hundertwasserhause apartment block stand out. Undoubtedly different from the normal “dull” architectural styles everyone was used to. Surely an unusual design; like trees growing from the windows and floor levels that’s not level to the eye.
Apparently he took no payment for the design. Saying that it was worth the investment to “prevent something ugly from going up in its place”.
In the 1970s Hundertwasser bought land in New Zealand and built the “Bottle House”. Mostly self-sufficient with solar panels, water wheel and purification plant as well as a grass roof. Arguably the birthplace of many of his experiments; like the grass roof.
He died at the age of 71 in the year 2000 but definitely left a legacy of “thinking out of the box”. Still many years later people are talking about his designs.
In conclusion: There are many more buildings. Definitely something to put on your travel itinerary as “unique places” to visit.