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Hundertwasser House in Vienna: how to get there and what to look at

Question to Hundertwasser: Why do you wear different socks?

Artist's answer: I wonder why you wear the same?

The famous Austrian artist Friedrich Hunderwasser is treated differently. Some consider him a genius, and some are crazy. The famous house in the center of Vienna fully shows all his artistic and philosophical ideas. This is a very unusual building, which is an apartment house and a work of art at the same time.

Дом Хундертвассера в Вене

This most unusual apartment building in Vienna is located in the Landstraße area. This is a very small area in the center of the city, where there is another very important landmark of the city of Belvedere Palace .

The Hundertwasser House is located at the intersection of Kegelgasse and Löwengasse streets. The exact address does not make sense, since this structure can not be confused with any other, and it is also impossible not to notice it.

If you came to Vienna on an organized excursion tour, then you will be shown it and bring the entire group by bus. The organizers of the tours are very fond of this landmark, primarily due to the fact that you can look at the Hundertwasser's house for free.

If you came to the Austrian capital yourself, then you can get here in several ways. You can reach the station of Vienna metro Schwedenplatz (Schwedenplatz) and then take tram number 1 four stops. You need a stop at Hetzgasse. The most important thing is not to confuse the direction of movement and get on the tram in the right direction.

Each tram is written in front, to what stop it is traveling. You need a tram number 1 with the inscription "Prater Hauptallee", since the final station of this route in the direction you need is the Prater park. Once you get off at the Hetzgasse stop, you will need to walk about 50 meters along the tramway.

Карта-схема, как пройти от метро к Дому Хундертвассера

The second method is more complicated, but does not require paying for the tram. You need to get to the metro Rochusgasse (Rochusgasse), and from there walk 10 minutes on foot. From the metro you need to go along Rasumofskygrasse straight to the intersection with Löwengasse, and turn to the left at this intersection.

The most difficult thing in this method is to find Razumovski Grasse after exiting the metro. If this causes problems, you can ask someone. Then you will not get lost, the street is straight, and you need to go to the intersection with the large Marxergrasse, go over it and turn to the Löwengasse we need.

Focus on the signs, and you definitely will not get lost. But we still recommend to go by tram, so it's easier and more reliable.

Before describing the house itself Hundertwasser, it is worth talking about the most famous Austrian artist . For most tourists who are not familiar with it, the house just seems like a curiosity, as if specially built here to attract tourists. Of course, this is not so.

The name Friedensreich Hundertwasser is not real, in fact the artist's name was Frederick Stowasser. He was born in Vienna in 1928-th year. His father was a German, he died immediately after the birth of his son.

Художник Фриденсрайх Хундертвассер

His mother brought him up alone, and on the eve of Austria's annexation to the third Reich, he baptized him into Catholicism, which saved the boy. He was able to survive the war, but the mother and all his relatives on the maternal side were killed in Nazi concentration camps .

Frederick himself concealed his origins, and even served for a while in the organization of the Nazi youth "Hitler Yugent." It was this terrible time in the history of Austria that shaped the outlook of the Hundertwasser. He most loved and fought for peace and the reunion of man with nature.

On the right is the photo of the artist in adulthood. It was made at a time when he was not famous yet. There are not many such photos.

The new name Friedensreich Hundertwasser the artist has formed from several words that can be literally translated into Russian as: "Peaceful country of hundreds of waters." In painting, Hundertwasser tried to use curves and a variety of colors. The style of the artist in the fine arts is very similar to Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt (their works can also be seen in Vienna at Belvedere Palace ), which were for him models for imitation as a child.

Most of all Hundertwasser became famous on the basis of architecture, although he himself was not an architect and did not understand the construction of buildings. The Hundertwasser House in Vienna was designed by him together with the real architect Joseph Kravin, with whom he quickly quarreled and asked the authorities of Vienna to replace him with another. The second co-author of the house was Peter Pelican.

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Hundertwasser hated right angles and straight lines. On this subject, many of his statements are known, some very aggressive:

- "Nature does not have right angles"

- "The square is similar to the shape of a column of soldiers on the march"

- "Straight lines - the tool of the devil"

He created all his buildings in this vein. The minimum of straight and maximum curves of shapes, the absence of right angles and a variety of colors. Hundertwasser sincerely believed that the faded colors of modern cities and straight geometric shapes make people unhappy.

Hundertwasser actively used multi-colored mosaics in all his architectural projects. The mosaic was made of broken ceramics and is designed to decorate the house with a variety of colors. Another method of the Hundertwasser was the domes that he created on the roofs. On the roof of the house in Vienna there is one dome, but to notice it from below is quite difficult.

The desire for nature is manifested in the home of the Hundertwasser in the abundance of greenery. On the terraces of the house grow trees and shrubs, and the roof is a large lawn with grass and bushes. This is how the artist imagined a house in which people should live. And they really live in it. This is a real house, in which there are 52 apartments.

Торговый центр Hundertwasser Village (деревня Хундервассера)

Log in tourists are not allowed, because it's still private property, but look at how the house looks inside you can. To do this, in a nearby building across the road a special shopping center is organized. It is called Hundertwasser Village (the village of Hundervassera) and it was specially built for tourists in 1991.

Inside, he repeats the Hundertwasser's house, the same uneven floors, an abundance of curves and the absence of right angles. Inside the center there is a cafe, a bar and several shops selling souvenirs .

The only serious disadvantage of this shopping center is its very small size, often there simply can not be pushed through. It is free only in shops that sell pictures of paintings, they are not very interesting for most visitors. Bar, for example, is much more popular, there are no empty seats behind the counter.

In Hundertwasser Village there is a toilet that will surprise many visitors. Perhaps there is no other toilet for contemporary art in the world. By the way, he is called "toilet of modern art".

Дом мечты художника Хундертвассера в Новой Зеландии

This house glorified the Hundertwasser throughout the world, but he was not the home of his dreams. For this project, the artist did not take money, but simply stated that he was glad that something ugly had not been built at this place.

At the end of life, the artist took the citizenship of New Zealand and lived and worked already in this country. It was in New Zealand that he built the house of his dreams and died here in 2000.

Your own artist's house in New Zealand you see in the photo on the left.

Note: In 2001, a long trial began to recognize the authorship of the Hundertwasser's house. The first architect, with whom the artist worked, Joseph Kravina claimed his rights to co-author this work of art. In 2010, the process was won, and by decision of the court Kravina is co-author.

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