Other than wanting a say in the size of their loft extensions or shape and situation of their sun lounges most people will not profess to being interested in 'architecture' per se. However, a trip to this beautiful city is an truly uplifting experience for anyone who loves fine buildings. But should you find yourself suffering from an overkill of grandeur - and I can't say I do! - a stroll though central Vienna to Lowengasse should change all that! For in Hunderwasser Haus you have an extraordinary example of a dream made reality - for in 1985 (Friedensreich) Hundertwasser succeeded in making the surreal real, and managed to build what most people thought was impossible...a block of flats that people would fight to live in!
It's almost impossible to describe in words. Let's simply say that any lover of an abundance straight parallel lines probably ought to steer clear! One word of note - being a real, lived-in block a flats, it is a free show...and being stared at on a daily basis is the price the residents obviously (willingly?) have to pay. All the same, I think it's only fair to show a little bit of respect for the key holders whilst brandishing your camera in the search for that perfect photo opportunity.
The adjacent themed shopping arcade is depressingly touristy but you can get food, postcards if you need to etc. The most amusing thing within is the 'Toilet of Modern Art' (more of which later) Personally I'd enjoy the Hundertwasser building, peruse the toilet in the arcade basement (money needed) and then walk a few streets further to Unter Weissgerbestrasse where you'll find the official Hundertwasser museum - the Kunsthaus. It's 9 Eur for adults (half price Mondays at the moment), has an art exhibition, architecture exhibition and a superbly good cafe/restaurant (see restaurant review).
..and don't forget the Spittelau power plant!
There are not many cities where social housing draws a stream of visitors, but Vienna's Hundertwasser Haus is no ordinary block of council flats.
This is about as far from a soulless tower block of concrete and glass as you could possibly get. With its crooked walls and bright primary colours, masses of greenery on all levels, quirky columns, haphazard windows and painted lines, all topped off with an onion dome or two, it really is in a class of its own.
This transformation of a block of municipal housing was artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser's concept (the architect was Joseph Krawina). Hundertwasser had a vision of giving city dwellers a home that was both individualistic and that connected with nature. The individual external appearance of each apartment extends to the interior, so that no-one living here has the feeling of their home being merely a hutch in a stack, though they might feel like exhibits in a zoo sometimes with the constant stream of camera-clicking tourists. Gardens, even trees, are planted on several levels, some are even inside and grow through the windows. It's all very human in its scale, if somewhat disconcerting - undulating floors are more usually found at a fun fair.
Since it was finished in 1986 , the Hundertwasser Haus has become one of Vienna's biggest tourist attractions. There's no public access to the apartments - people live and work here - but there is a small gift shop and a coffee shop on the first floor.
The Professor Friedensreich Hundertwasser furnished the Incinerator Spittelau.
1988-1992 - The architectural refurbishing of the incinerator and the chimney tower.
It is a great and unique architecture.
Welcome to the ''territory of creative architecture,'' as the well-known, in the year of 2000 died artists, painter Hundertwasser described his onion-domed oasis near the Danube, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna.
For those who want to visit here, this colorful, public housing masterpiece will not disappoint. Trees are considered tenants and grow out of their own windows. Flat floors are forbidden; an uneven walking surface is “a melody to the feet.” Residents can lean out of their windows and paint anything within arm’s reach. The roof? A minor wilderness.
He said: "Some people claim, the houses consist of walls; according to me from windows."
The building, which sits a-mid baroque Viennese splendor on the Kegelgasse in the third district, in a residential neighborhood, is the most conspicuous example of the imaginative art of the artist.
People still live in the building, so it may be viewed from the outside only. Exeption is the “Kunst-Café im Hundertwasserhaus” at the Löwengasse side.
If you are interested to know more about the artist, you can visit also the Hundertwasser-Kunsthaus locating not far from here, along the Danube canal. It is open daily from 10 am. to 7 pm. and shows the pictorial works of Hundertwasser in a constant exhibition.
In the Museum Shop you can buy everything around Hundertwasser; but also a lot of tourist junk, have nothing to do with Hundertwasser.
Kunsthaus-Museum Website: http://www.kunsthauswien.com/index_en.html
Kunsthaus-Museum Address: Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13
No visit to Vienna is complete without a visit to the KunstHausWien... permanent home to the prolific and beautiful works of Austrian artist Hundertwasser.. and this building is not just any mundane art gallery... it is exciting and different.... floors are uneven and it has a homely and vibrant atmosphere... check it out!
It is open daily from 10am-7pm.
I had been very keen to see this fabulous building for several years of first learning about it's existence. I took the first opportunity to go and see it for myself. I wasn't disappointed... it was amazing. Designed in 1986 with onion spired roofs, multicoloured exterior and trees and shrubs growing out roof gardens and balconeys, it's a great improvement on the usual dull social housing found in most cities!
There were dozens of other tourists looking at this private apartment block designed by the late Austrian artist/architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser on the morning I was there. It is not possible to go inside but there is a terrace cafe where you can have a drink and some torte if you need it.
There is a little shop on the ground floor selling posters, postcards, calendars and other gifts and things related to Austria's celebrated son!
I just loved this building in the suburbs of Vienna.People are staying in these apartments , so discretion is advised while visiting it , to respect the privacy of the residents. I just love all those trees which are actually growing all over the building.
There is a little restaurant on the first floor terrace off this building.And a nice fountain in the courtyard too.
This municipal building was build in 1985 by Hunderwasser. Its totally wacky and reminds me of the buildings of Gaudi in Barcelona. People live inside those appartments of course so try to respect this and the fact that you cant get inside. You can take some pics from the street level of course and you can buy things like books with his work, paintings etc from the store down there. I bought one painting that decorates my room now.
Hundertwasser houses are 52 apartments building and the project of the Viennese painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser (born Fritz Stowasser). The house was built between 1983 and 1986 .
A roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. The painter took no payment for the design of the house, declaring that it was worth it, to prevent something ugly from going up in its place.
It is very colored and there are 52 apartments, four offices, 16 private terraces and three communal terraces, and a total of 250 trees and bushes. Because of the colors it is today Vienna's most visited buildings. Down there is cafe.
The Hundertwasser House (Hundertwasserhaus) is an apartment house which is owned by the community of Vienna. The house was the first architectural project of the famous Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser who died in February 2000. It was opened in 1985 after two years of construction and consists of about 50 flats, 5 shops and many private and communal terraces
The Hundertwasser House is situated in Vienna's 3rd district, at the corner of Kegelgasse and Löwengasse. The nearest tram stop is Löwengasse (tram N).
The Hundertwasserhaus is a council housing tenement block in the 3rd district and another example of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's unique style - using curved and glass and vitreoceramic tiles to create a fantastic building. Whilst you can not go inside - this is after all a block of flats there are cafés and bars in easy reach and the brightness of the building sets it apart from the otherwise very conservative architecture found in this part of Vienna's 3rd district. There are assorted souvenir shops, should you wish, and this is well worth a stop on a tour through Vienna.
Apparently this place gets about a million visitors annually and it's easy to see why. The apartments are peoples homes so you need to be careful when wandering about inside however there's a tiny gift shop at the entrance (where you can buy Hundertwasser posters and postcards) plus a coffee shop on the first floor.
The building was finished in 1985, it was the work of self-styled "eco-architect" Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The complex, which has a facade like a gigantic black-and-white game board, is relieved with scattered splotches of red, yellow, and blue. Trees stick out at 45-degree angles from apartments among the foliage.
With its irregular shape, its turrets, and its "rolling meadows" of grass and trees, the Hundertwasserhaus is certainly the most bizzare building in Vienna.
We had been told we should not miss this permanent exhibition of imaginative paintings and other works of art. We got lost on the way, getting wrong directions from people in the street, but persisted and eventually got there after 2 hours, it should have been 20 minutes by tram. The persistence gave handsome returns as the building , museum and its exhibits some very unusual, the gardens and restaurant, and the museum shop were all very interesting and good value.
Whilst in the artworks exhibition you will be surprised by the uneven floor and you might even stumble as you move about the building with eyes fixed on the exhibits.The Hundertwasser Retrospektive is a must for all visitors whether they be art lovers, enjoy the unusal,or like relaxing in a beautiful garden atmosphere.
The Kunsthaus Wien was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, whose distinctive architecture and paintings are associated with Vienna. It is host to a permanent exhibition of his works and also about three to four visiting exhibitions each year. In January this year, I went to the Cecil Beaton exhibition - which had a wide selection of his pictures from across his career. There is information in German and English and on Mondays there is a half price admission available. There is also a café there and a gift shop, featuring assorted Hundertwasser and art-related souvenirs. The entrance tickets can be put together to form a Hundertwasser puzzle - of course you would have to visit a lot of times to do so!
Hundertwasser was an artist and architect. He designed very beautiful, whimsical, and odd buildings that are very organic in shape...almost Pee-Wee Herman in their attitude but not in an over the top kind of way.
The buildings he designed were primarily for waste treatment centers, etc...and it's quite unique to see a beautiful structure with an enormous rooftop garden that is actually a factory. There are several buildngs in Vienna that are his work...you can see a rather large one on the U6 line heading out to the Donau. There is also the KunstHausWien, which is a museum to his work (and also for other artists). There is an excellent cafe on the ground floor of the museum....filled with plants and gorgeous furniture. I highly recommend the food. Also, the Hungarian goulash is very tasty, and naturally having a cup of the well known 'melange' kaffe is worth the almost three euros. yum.
This is an excellent place to visit if the weather is rainy, cold, or in general not cooperative for outdoor activites.
Personally I find his architecture to be mind bobbling...it's just so comfortable and yet so very active, but not busy. Watch your step, however, as the tiled floor has an undulating pattern to it. : )