Hundertwasserhaus: uneven floors and terraced gardens
Attractions | 08.10.2019
If for you Vienna is associated only with the majestic buildings of the modernist era, get acquainted with the tree house, or the coral reef building of the architect and artist Hundertwasser.
About Hundertwasserhaus
Hundertwasserhaus – if it's not the strangest buildings in Europe, then it`s one of them for sure. Among Vienna's aged Romanesque architecture the building looks like a man in a red baggy jacket among the crowd of bank workers in black suits.

Like many controversial works of art, Hundertwasserhaus is considered by some to be a masterpiece of architecture, by others – as ugliness. The artist himself was also called both a genius and a madman.
The house with a comics-like facade was built in 1986. This is the most asymmetric building in Vienna. Gardens grow on the roofs, all windows are of different shapes, and the house itself seems to be made up of multi-colored puzzle pieces that do not fit together but look good.
It may seem to many that there is a Gaudi influence. But Friedensreich Hundertwasser had his own philosophy of organizing living space. And if you compare the works of the artist, then you can rather found something in common with Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Hundertwasser attended Montessori School, where the learning process was very different from the standard. First of all, children were taught to learn the world through the environment: nature and people. This approach influenced the artist, making the harmony of man and nature one of the main postulates of his work.
The architect believed that people should be inextricably linked with nature, and the corners, straight lines and faded colors of buildings make everyone unhappy. Hundertwasser wrote several works on his vision of the design of living spaces and the concept of architecture in general. This is the "Moldiness Manifesto Against Rationalism in Architecture" and "Your Window Right, Your Duty to the Trees," where the author often uses sharp expressions on the topic of traditional solutions and encourages people to be creators of their own homes.
You can't get into the house, this is a residential building, inside which there are 52 apartments, 4 offices and 19 terraces, 3 of them are common. Despite the fact that the building is popular among tourists, renting an apartment here is inexpensive, because the house was built for ordinary residents of Vienna. The rental price varies from 500 euros per month, and there are always a lot of people willing. Due to the popularity of apartments, there are long lines, and many of those who move out immediately transfer the rent to relatives or friends. This results in an endless circle that is difficult to break. But if you succeed, you will become part of a whole community.

This is what Hundertwasser wanted: people being in harmony with nature and communicating with each other, spending time in the rooftop garden or on shared terraces.
The apartments themselves are as unusual as the house. For example, in the bathroom, the tiles seem to be crooked, the floor is uneven, trees and grass grow on the balcony. That's what the artist said about inconvenient floors: "An uneven floor is a melody for our legs, toning the human body."

The windows here are also main characters as well as the gardens. Hundertwasser designed 13 types of windows of various shapes and sizes. The artist believed that people can do whatever they want with their home. They can even paint the facade around the window with bright colors, as far as the arm can reach. Though no one has yet dared to do this.
Hundertwasserhaus may even seem a little undermaintained, but again, this is the artist's idea.
This building can be attributed to the free sights of Vienna. You can, for example, open the historical certificate of the house on our maps (works offline) and look at the building from the outside.

It is easy to get to this house: take the Rochusgasse metro station and walk 15 minutes or take the tram to the Herzgasse stop.
Do you know?
  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser himself was an artist and didn't know much about construction process. Therefore, he built the house together with professional architect Peter Pelikan. The work was started with Josef Krawina, but due to conflicts with Hundertwasser, the partner was replaced. Many people call the building the House of Hundertwasser and Pelican and consider this a more correct option.
  • For those who want to see how the Hundertwasserhaus looks inside, the Hundertwasser Village trade and exhibition center was built in the city, the interior of which is made in accordance with the style of the artist. The lack of right angles and straight lines, bright colors, mosaics, mirrors of various shapes. There is also an art gallery with Hudndertwasser's works and a gift shop. Next to the Hundertwasser Village there is the House of Arts, where you can see even more works by the author and other representatives of the modern art. Ticket price is 11 euros.
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  • Although the building was an order from the Vienna authorities, Hundertwasser did not take money for the project. He considered this building the apex of his work and was glad that nothing ugly was built on this site. By ugly, he meant traditional buildings that were built in Vienna.
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