Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hundertwasser: the straight line is ungodly
Friedensreich Hundertwasser - born in 1928 in Vienna as Friedrich Stowasser - became one of the most well-known artists and architects from Austria. His paintings are full of bright colours, spirals and nature elements combined with touches of gold and silver.

In 1958, Hundertwasser formulated a manifesto against rationalism and functional and pure lines in architecture, being openly against another great architect in Austria; Adolf Loos. Hundertwasser claimed that Loos' deadly monotony led people to feel miserable, whilst his own designs defended freedom and nature. 

The Kunst Haus Museum in Vienna and the Hundertwasser House are a fantastic examples of Hundertwasser's architecture: organic elements, harmony with nature, spontaneous vegetation and irregular floors, windows and doors, and colourful mosaics.

An unusal spot to admire Hundertwasser style in Vienna is the Spittelau waste incineration plant, with a re-designed fa├žade and a golden sphere on top. 

The eco-architect built many projects in Germany (the Forest Spiral of Darmstadt or the Green Citadel of Magdeburg in striking pink), in Japan (Maishima Incineration Plant of Osaka) and also in California (the Quixot Winery, Napa Valley). Buried in New Zealand in year 2000, he rests under a beautiful Tulip Tree.

Photography by When Audrey Met Darcy and Electric Percival

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