As we were driving in to Vienna I spotted an amazing building with this tower.
I snapped the photo and felt a bit dissapointed because I had missed any images of the wonderful building it was attached to and our chances of finding our way back there and of finding out about the building had to be slim...right?
When we got to the hotel we were given a guide book and I flicked through it. I became very excited because there was an advertisement for the Hundertwasser Village. My friend in Australia, Coralie, teaches her Year 8 art classes about Hundertwasser and I have always really admired the work the students have produced in the school's art exhibitions. They have invariably been my favourite part of the exhibition time and time again. I never knew much about him, but our first day in Vienna was spent visiting the Hundertwasser House and Village and what a treat that was and what a learning experience for me!
Hundertwasser was an architect and artist. He was inspired by Gaudi (very obvious!) and was quite out there I guess for his time! I'll just add some images so you can make your own judgements!
Opposite the village was this housing block
Inside the village
This staircase was gorgeous - he didn't believe in straight lines in architecture - or even floor surfaces!
A view of the shop area - yes we bought a print to bring home to Australia for our home!
A close up of one of his prints (not the one we bought) they are incredibly colourful and stunning!
Yes, you did read that sign properly!
The entry way into the loos!
Another part of the same wall! It was a long narrow area and very hard to photograph.
...and now on to the house. I could only take limited photos here because they allow none to be taken inside! The outside is very striking painted in a black and white checkered pattern. No two windows are the same and the portico is supported by incredibly colourful columns! Big sigh!!... oh I loved it, but again very hard to photograph and we didn't have the wide angle lens with us that day!
Even the cafe was a work of art! All the tables were individual pieces and many of them artistically beautiful pieces in their own right!
He was a man after my own heart as he believed that plants should be an integral part of the human living environment!
The table beside ours.
...and our afternoon tea...yum! That's a rhubarb tart....mmmm!
Oh, and the tower we saw as we were driving into town was one of his works of art too! It was and still is an incinerator! He revamped and beautified the building! Check out the images on google images - I just typed in 'hundertwasser vienna incinerator'.
There is still my day in the Belvedere in Vienna and then many more days of our trip! I will add more soon!