Austria: Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna 3


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By Adam

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser is an Austrian artist who believes that the straight line is alien to nature. His work is very colourful, and is shaped very organically.  You notice this immediately if you’ve ever seen any of his work.
Before he died in 2000, his work had travelled all over the world. He designed and built houses in Japan, the states, New Zealand, and of course Austria.
Whilst in Vienna we just had to visit the Hundertwasser Haus, one of his more famous works. The entry in free and it’s very easy to get to by public buses or trams.  Take the underground to Swedenplatz, then the number 1 tram (direction Prater) to almost right outside the house.

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On site there is a cafe where you can get a drink and watch a short documentary about hundertwasser and how he was inspired and how he wanted to inspire a younger generation.

 

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In the main area of the site, there are a few shops with souvenirs etc. and obviously the very striking apartments.

 

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You can only view the apartments from the outside, simply because people live in them. Yeah you can actually rent them and they’re very affordable. So if you like strange shapes and living in mushrooms this is as good as it gets.
During the short film you can see inside, and nothing is straight. Really the floors, windows, everything.
Everyone living in this fairyland has the ” Right of Window ” as hundertwasser called it. Basically it entitles everyone to paint on the outside wall through the window only as far as there arm can reach, to make your flat even more unique than it already is.

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Now, the main shop has toilets, check out the toilets. They’re really cool. I think they cost 50 cents but Katie jumped over the barrier…
The hundertwasser village is probably the most famous of his works in Vienna, but it’s not the only one. Hundertwasser was also responsible for making a boring old district heating plant, normally the kind of place you would try to ignore, look like Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory.

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As you can see it looks pretty amazing for a recycling plant. There are also a few other building round about that he renovated but nothing special.
Hundertwasser has a similar village in New Zealand, a much bigger village, 370 hectors big. Now we are on a certain budget, so we didn’t go to New Zealand. So I can’t say much about it without sounding like a Wikipedia robot, but I’ll add a photo so you can see what it’s like.  These pictures I googled.

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Yeah, smurf village. This place looks amazing, I thought the one in Vienna looked good, so I highly recommend going there in the near future.

I think that it’s a really cool concept, just makes everyday life more exiting, just imagine have trees growing out of your floor.

“There was a lot of pretty paintings and weird stairs.” – Katie

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