Today I’m taking you to Vienna, to visit a village within a city. The village so perfectly unfit to the general perception of the city of Vienna, that its existence is all the more remarkable. Hundertwasser Village is a dwelling block, with an apartment building and a a shopping/dining place separated by a court with a tiny fountain. This is how the House showed itself to us when we first saw it. It’s either Love It or Hate It at first sight.
Naturally, we loved it. There are no straight lines and every window is different. Hundertwasser invented the “Window Right”, where every tenant had the right and was encouraged to embellish the area around their window in a personal way, thus making it unique and inspiring creativity.
Trees are an outstanding feature of the House. They grow on the roofs. There literally are small parks on the roof of the building!
Hundertwasser believed architecture should be in harmony with nature and man, an dwelling environment as close to nature as possible, not an artificially designed constructions with straight lines, which do not even exist in nature: no ground is perfectly straight, no tree trunk is as upright as a ruler.
See what I mean?!
Another remarkable, but not visible feature of Hundertwasser architecture is that he did not destroy the building that had existed on the lot, but used it as a foundation.
I have been working as a doctor for architecture, so to say. I did not tear down and rebuild it but used the existing building fabric and improved it by changing and adding to the building and inserting components with new shapes and colors. – Hundertwasser, 1991
The Village is the sweetest space filled with souvenir shops and cafes. But it’s the toilet that drew my attention. Let’s go down:
Yes, he even developed a hummus toilet. Here’s are the detailed instructions and explanation of how it functions, if you read German, that is 🙂 But to me, the images were quite clear as well.
After all the walking, reading, gazing and picture-taking, we needed a warm place to rest and savor the moment. This we easily found in on the ground floor of the House, under that fabulous balcony in the first picture. This cafe is perfect for the eclectic style loving me!
Naturally for Vienna in autumn, the treats were coffee, hot wine and the most delicious apple strudel:
And the last glimpse of Huundertwasser Village before heading to Belvedere Palace