To call Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s architecture ‘creative’ would be an understatement. His buildings are brilliant landmarks in dull places (such as Vienna) and dull settings (such as public toilets and sludge centers).
“The individual’s desire to build something should not be deterred! Everyone should be able and have to build and thus be truly responsible for the four walls in which he lives.”
It’s difficult to write anything about Hundertwasser that would be better than reading the architect’s own work. For that reason, the remainder of this post is dedicated to photos of Hunderwasser’s architecture and excerpts from his eccentric essay:
“The Mouldiness Manifesto against Rationalism in Architecture” (an amusing read).
“And one must take the risk into the bargain that such a fantastic structure might collapse later […]”
“If such a fantastic structure built by the tenants themselves collapses, it will usually creak beforehand, anyway, so that people will be able to escape.”
“The apartment-house tenant must have the freedom to lean out of his window and as far as his arms can reach transform the exterior of his dwelling space. And he must be allowed to take a long brush and as far as his arms can reach paint everything pink […]”
[…] and he must be able to fill his room with mud or children’s modelling clay.”