Synopses & Reviews
Revolt against the straight line: The highly irregular architecture of a freethinking artist “A house must be a living, organic entity that develops and constantly changes,” stated Friedensreich Hundertwasser in one of his arguments for his nature- and human-oriented architecture. Success vindicated his vision: roof afforestation, organic forms, colorful façades, uneven floors, irregularly positioned windows, gilded onion domes—Hundertwasser’s architecture is unmistakable.
From the beginning of his artistic career in the ’50s, Hundertwasser was preoccupied with architecture in his painting. Then began his engagement with manifestos, essays and demonstrations; later followed architectural models in which he illustrated, for example, his ideas on roof afforestation and an individual’s right to his very own window. As an “architectural doctor” he created unregimented irregularities and realized exemplary architectural projects.
This comprehensive directory of Hundertwasser’s architectural works presents all his buildings and projects, whether realized or not, tracing them from the first sketches, through to models, and completion. Dr. Andrea Christa Fürst, a longtime employee of the Hundertwasser Archive, made a major contribution to this publication.
"A world full of colour," says Friedensreich Hundertwasser, "is synonymous with paradise," a maxim that characterises the whole of the artist's architectural work. Goodbye to functional building, Hundertwasser stands for organic ways of living, with colours and shapes tuned to the natural and the human. "Straight lines," he says, "are utterly alien to human beings, to life, and to the whole of creation."
Since beginning his artistic career in the 50s, Hundertwasser has been preoccupied with architecture in his painting. In the early 70s he designed his first architectural models and faÃ§ades. Success vindicated his vision. With greenery on the rooftops, irregularly positioned windows, gilded turrets and not a straight line in sight, Hundertwasser's architecture is unmistakable.
This first catalogue raisonnÃ© of Hundertwasser's architecture examines all his buildings and projects, whether realized or not, tracing them from the first sketches, through the models, to completion.
About the Author
Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987 to 2010, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design, travel, and lifestyle.