The design of the house

Hundertwasser about KUNST HAUS WIEN

KUNST HAUS WIEN is a house of beauty barriers, where beauty holds the most efficient function, a place of not regulated irregularities, of uneven floors, of tree tenants and dancing windows. It is a house in which you have a good conscience towards nature.
It is a house that does not follow the usual standards, an adventure of modern times, a journey into a country of creative architecture.

Hundertwasser, 1991

The Third Skin in the Third District

Man is surrounded by three layers, his skin, his clothing and walls, the building.
Clothing and the walls of buildings have in recent times undergone a development which is no longer in keeping with the individual's natural requirements. The outer walls of our modern buildings are our prison walls, for they are anonymous, without emotions, aggressive, heartless, cold and yawningly empty.
My irregular outside design is to be looked on as a precursor to the window right of every individual. The facade is not perfectly straight and flat, but humpy and interrupted by irregular mosaics. A black-and-white, irregular checkerboard pattern signals the disbanding of the grid system, its break-up.
What we urgently need are barriers of beauty; these barriers of beauty consist of uncontrolled irregularities.

Hundertwasser 1985/1991


Window Dictatorship and Window Right

Some people say houses consist of walls. I say houses consist of windows.

The repetition of identical windows next to each other and above each other as in a grid system is a characteristic of concentration camps.

Windows in rank and file are sad, windows should be able to dance.

A person in a rented apartment must be able to lean out of his window and scrape off the masonry within arm's reach. And he must be allowed to take a long brush and paint everything outside within arm's reach, so that it will be visible from afar to everyone in the street that someone lives there who is different from the imprisoned, enslaved, standardised man who lives next door.

Hundertwasser, 1990

Dancing Windows

Tree Tenants Are the Ambassadors of the Free Forests in the City

Ten tree tenants grow out of the windows of the KunstHausWien.
Tree tenants can be seen from far away and benefit many people, especially those who walk around the house and dwell nearby.

The tree tenant symbolizes a turn in human history because he regains his rank as an important partner of man.

The relationship man – tree must have again religious dimensions.
Only if you love the tree like yourself you will survive.

We suffocate in our cities through poison and lack of oxygen. We destroy systematically the vegetation which gives us life and lets us breathe. We walk alongside grey and sterile facades of houses. It is our duty to reinstall the rights of nature with all means.

We suffer daily from the aggressivity and the tyranny of our vertical sterile high walls. But streets in the cities will become green valleys where man can breathe freely again.

The tree tenant pays his rent in much more valuable currency than the humans.

1. Tree tenants create oxygen.

2. Tree tenants improve the city climate and the well being of dwellers. They bring the needed moisture into the desert climate of the city, reduce the dry-humid and the cold-warm contrast.

3. Tree tenants act like vacuum cleaners. They swallow even the finest and poisonous dust.

4. Tree tenants swallow noise. They reduce the echoes of the city noise and create quietness.

5. Tree tenants protect you from outside view like curtains and create shelter.

6. Tree tenants give shadow in summer but let sunlight through in winter when leaves have fallen.

7. Butterflies and birds come back.

8. Beauty and joy of life come back. Living quality is improved with this piece of own nature.

9. The tree tenant is a symbol of reparation towards nature which is extremely visible. We restore to nature a tiny piece of the huge territories which man has taken away from nature illegally.

The tree tenant is a giver. It is a piece of nature, a piece of homeland, a piece of spontaneous vegetation in the anonymous and sterile city desert, a piece of nature which can develop without the rationalist control of man and his technology.

Hundertwasser, 1991 

Tree Tenant at the KUNST HAUS WIEN Tree Tenant at the KUNST HAUS WIEN

The Horizontal Belongs to Nature

From Biblical times man was called on to "have dominion over the earth".
Modern man has abused this thought and murdered the earth.

Now we must go back underneath nature, what has to be understood symbolically and practically.

We must build houses where nature is above us. We must give territories back to nature which we have taken from her illegally.

Grass roofs also have ecological, health and insusaltion advantages. A grass roof produces oxygen and makes life possible. It absorbs dust and dirt and converts the earth. Body and soul of man is at ease, both, who looks at it as well as who lives beneath it.

Hundertwasser, 1991

Trees on the roof of the KUNST HAUS WIEN Trees on the roof of the KUNST HAUS WIEN

The Uneven Floor

The flat floor is an invention of the architects. It fits engines ̵ not human beings.

People not only have eyes to enjoy the beauty they see and ears to hear melodies and noses to smell nice scents. People also have a sense of touch in their hands and feet.

An uneven and animated floor is the recovery of man's mental equilibrium,of the diginity of man which has been violated in our levelling, unnatural and hostile urban grid system.

The uneven floor becomes a symphony, a melody for the feet and brings back natural vibrations to man.

It is good to walk on uneven floors and regain our human balance.

Architecture should elevate and not subdue man.

Hundertwasser, 1991

Uneven Floor at the lobby Uneven Floor at the Showroom

All Pictures: © KUNST HAUS WIEN / W. Simlinger

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