The Hundertwasserhaus is an apartment house in Vienna built after the idea and concept of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser with architect Joseph Krawina as a co-author.
This expressionist landmark of Vienna is located in the Landstraße district on the corner of Kegelgasse and Löwengasse. Friedensreich Hundertwasser started out as a painter. Because Hundertwasser was not an architect he asked the City of Vienna to provide a professional architect willing to transpose his concepts into architectural drawings. First Josef Krawina was selected to work with him but his ideas were rejected by Hundertwasser. Finally, Krawina was repleced by Peter Pelikan, an employee of the City's Magistratsabteilung but many Krawina ideas were kept. Architect Pelikan became Hundertwasser’s long-term partner, working with him on numerous other building projects.
In the end the house was built between 1983 and 1985 according to the ideas and concepts of Hundertwasser with architect Joseph Krawina as a co-author and architect Peter Pelikan as a planner. It features undulating floors ("an uneven floor is a divine melody to the feet"), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. Hundertwasser took no payment for the design of the house, declaring that it was worth it, to prevent something ugly from going up in its place. Within the house there are 52 apartments, four offices, 16 private terraces and three communal terraces, and a total of 250 trees and bushes.
The Hundertwasser House is one of Vienna's most visited buildings and has become part of Austria's cultural heritage. In 2001, twenty years after architect Krawina’s exit from the project, the firm H.B. Medienvertriebsgesellschaft mbH under its business manager Harald Böhm encouraged architect Krawina to legally substantiate his claim as co-creator of the “Hundertwasser House.” On March 11, 2010, after eight years of litigation, Austria's Oberster Gerichtshof [Supreme Court of Justice] ruled Josef Krawina along with Friedensreich Hundertwasser, to be co-creators of the house with the effect that it is now forbidden for the Hundertwasser Non-Profit Foundation to disseminate any illustration or replica of the house without acknowledging Krawina as co-creator. According to the ruling, Hundertwasser was the sole spiritual creator of the building, however, Krawina must be recognized as a co-creator of equal standing and be paid an equal share in royalty receipts. Earlier, Krawina won a similar case against the operators of Hundertwasser's museum, the KunstHausWien.
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|Vienna, Kegelgasse 34 - 38
|1983 - 1986