Quirky Vienna – Hundertwasser House Unique Architecture

by Zhiqiang & Tingyi on August 4, 2009 · 5 comments

Today’s posts will highlight some of the quirky sides of Vienna that are usually off the tourist track.

Hundertwasser House

The Hundertwasser House Vienna is an apartment house in Vienna, Austria, designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.  He is widely renowned today for his revolutionary architectural designs, which incorporate natural features of the landscape, and use of irregular forms in his building design.

Vienna Hundertwasser House

He claimed that architecture should not conformed to straight lines and flat floors as it is going against nature (the very nature when Man first walked the earth – which is not flat and full of unknowns).  Thus, the Hundertwasserhaus block designed by him featured undulating floors (“an uneven floor is a melody to the feet”), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows.

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Hundertwasser House Vienna Nature Architecture

Hundertwasser 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.  To find out more about Hundertwasser House, there is a cafe which provides free screenings of a video (in German or English) about the designer, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and the buildings.  This video will provide you with a sneak peek at the interior of these houses.

Hundertwasserhus Austria Vienna

Comparison of a normal apartment building versus the Hundertwasser apartment building

Vienna Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Besides this apartment building, Hundertwasser had also designed a number of buildings with unique architecture around the world e.g. Germany, Japan. 

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1 eunice August 5, 2009 at 2:10 am

hey I came here before!!! nice hor! 😀


2 Zhiqiang August 5, 2009 at 7:37 am

@eunice, yes! The architecture of these buildings are very nice and unique though a bit out of place in this neighbourhood :-)


3 erwin@Home Design Inspiration July 11, 2010 at 1:17 am

unique architecture of the building, each window with different colors. I like to look at the big round pillar design.


4 Thomas July 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

The Hundertwasser house is indeed very famous. Did you also go to the Prater and historical city center of Vienna?


5 Zhiqiang & Tingyi July 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

yes we did! :-)


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