Friday Fun: The Architecture of Hundertwasser

Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (literally ‘Kingdom of Peace Hundred-Waters’ – a pseudonym, his birth name was Friedrich Stowasser) is famous for his colourful paintings and architectural designs which seem to defy gravity and bring nature indoors. His humanistic approach to building (for instance: ‘everyone should be entitled to a window to lean out of and contemplate the world’, ‘corridors should be like paths through a forest’ and his distaste for the straight-edged ruler and ‘chicken or rabbits in a cage’ approach of functional architecture) is very inspiring. He was a provocateur and a rebel all his life. My parents used to huff and puff with disdain when they saw him being interviewed on TV in my childhood, but I was entranced. You can read more about his achievements on this excellent website. Here are some of my favourite examples of his work.

Block of flats in Darmstadt, from
The Hundertwasser House in Vienna.
Die Gruene Zitadelle housing estate in Magdeburg, from
School in Wittenberg, from


Kuchlbauer Tower at a brewery, from Touropia.
Incineration plant in Japan, from
Ronald McDonald House in Essen, from Touropia.
Spa resort Bad Blumau in Styria, Austria, picture by Anja Fahrig, 2010.
Another aspect of Bad Blumau, from