Complete: Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser
If one person dreams alone, it’s just a dream. If a lot of people dream together, it’s the beginning of a new reality.” Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser dreamt of winding pillars and uneven floors, of roofs that become forests, of golden towers, of brilliant colours on rainy days, and of art as a place of contemplation and enrichment.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born Friedrich Stowasser in 1928 in Vienna, and died in 2000 on board the Queen Elizabeth 2 on the return journey from New Zealand. He bequeathed to the city of his birth manifestations of his dreams in mosaics of blue, green and gold, with sweeping arches, green courtyards, and crooked balconies.
“Man has three skins: He is born in the first, the second is his clothing, and the third is the facade of his house.” Viennese Architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000)
Hundertwasser called his architectural style “vegetal”
and standing in front of his first building, the Hundertwasserhaus in Löwengasse, one understands this description immediately. Hundertwasser built this residential complex, which was completed in 1985, together with architect Peter Pelikan, a “House for People and Trees”. As with his planning of the Kunst Haus Wien which opened in 1991, he chose a style of architecture which rejected straightforwardness and monotony in favour of diversity and organic forms, creating a natural and humane living space.
With his redesign of the Müllverbrennungsanlage (waste incineration plant) Spittelau Hundertwasser gave Vienna a new landmark: a multicoloured building with colourful circles, sparkling spots, bright red strawberries, and a golden tower which overlooks the city. The sunlight disperses in its glittering facade: nature. “The rich and powerful have always had towers. But for ordinary modern people to have towers, and golden ones at that, is something new. Architecture should elevate man, and not humiliate, oppress and enslave him.”
Text: Nina Lucia Groß, Fotos: Christine Wurnig