A Hundertwasser Architecture Project
Kegelgasse 36-38, 1030, Vienna, Austria

New building
Original coauthor em. o. Univ.-Prof. Arch. DI Josef Krawina
50 flats, doctor's practice, coffee shop, 37 car parking spaces
Building area: 1,273 sqm
Living space and usable floor space: 5,230 sqm

1983 - 1985
Developer: Gemeinde Wien (Municipality of Vienna)
Planning: Architect Peter Pelikan (Magistratsabteilung 19 - Stadtgestaltung (municipal department 19 - town planning)

Negotiations since 1977
Presentation of the model and press conference with Vienna's Mayor, Leopold Gratz: September 19, 1980 Laying of the foundation stone: August 16, 1983
Open day: September 7 and 8, 1985
Inauguration: February 17, 1986

Country: Austria

In a letter dated November 30, 1977 to the incumbent mayor of Vienna, Leopold Gratz, the federal chancellor at the time, Bruno Kreisky, suggested that Hundertwasser be given the opportunity to realize his ideas in the field of architecture by allowing him to build a housing project, whereupon Leopold Gratz, in a letter of December 15, 1977, invited Hundertwasser to create an apartment building according to his ideas for a more human architecture in harmony with nature.

Hundertwasser designed a residential building house with terraces open to the street and a high tower as a contrast to the lowest level terrace. When the architect Josef Krawina who had been provided by the Municipality of Vienna, was not willing to draw detailed plans, especially of the façades, after Hundertwasser's model, the architect Peter Pelikan of the town planning department 19 was entrusted with the project.

The Hundertwasser Haus was completed in 1983-1985 under Mayor Helmut Zilk. The foundation stone was laid on August 16, 1983, and on February 17, 1986, the house was presented to its inhabitants. Hundertwasser was on the construction site every day for a year. 70,000 people visited the house on the open day. Since its construction the house has been reviewed by the international press and visited by millions of people.

The house consists of a brick construction.

The flats have various ground plans. There are one-storey and two-storey flats. Many apartments have protruding balconies or pergolas and loggias.

900 tons of soil were used for the afforestation of 14 large and as many small green spaces and tree tenant tubs. A number of the terraces are publicly accessible, others are designated to the flats, and some are reserved for spontaneous vegetation. The grass and forest areas of the house amount to more than 100 per cent of the ground plan. What was taken away from nature by the construction of the building was restored on the roofs.

The living, uneven floor in the public areas of the buildings amounts to a rediscovery of human dignity, which was taken from people in an urban development of flat surfaces.

The mosaics on the walls, in the stairways and in the corridors were created by the workers along with the tiles in the kitchens and in the bathrooms, which were laid irregularly to avoid the grid system.

It is the first house where the window right is granted to the tenant as a part of the lease agreement. With this house Hundertwasser proved that a more human architecture in harmony with nature is possible within the regular construction time, within the financial budget of a public project, and within the current building laws without any special permits.

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