Instawalk: Hundertwasser’s Vienna

my family is off day tripping to Bratislava today (on my recommendation, but since i’m working in the afternoon, i couldn’t go with) so i was free to do whatever. not quite sure what to do, though, i figure i might as well head on over to the third district (to the east of the city center) and visit the Hundertwasser House and Kunst Haus Wien, two buildings designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his two collaborators, Josef Krawina and Peter Pelikan. (i’m calling those two out mostly because, i learned through Wikipedia, there was a big controversy over credit and naming.)

in Vienna, Hundertwasser also designed a municipal incinerator (the M├╝llverbrennungsanlage Spittelau), but as it’s a bit further afield, i did not visit.

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as you can see, he really likes bright colors, non-linear and organic forms (watch where you step, there might be a little molehill), mosaicwork, and the playful division of space.

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A photo posted by Jonathan Khoo (@jonk) on

A photo posted by Jonathan Khoo (@jonk) on

i can’t say i’m a big fan. ok, i’m not a fan at all. while i don’t mind organic and curvy, i do prefer the geometric and orderly forms of the Bauhaus school. speaking of organic and curvy, if you’re an architecture fan, be sure to visit the Zaha Hadid building on the new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, a semi-close walk (if you go through the Prater) from the Hundertwasser buildings, also accessible via subway line U2 at the Messe-Prater stop.

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