Hundertwasser's comment on the work

The coal-rinsing facility is important for the people who see this building from far away, for it will be a castle, it will be a manifestation of people's romantic yearning. From far away they see trees which tower over the landscape at various levels, instead of a rectilinear skyline (...). In this regard I would like to demonstrate something else, namely that trees are also growing out of a vertical wall, for what is still terrorising us and what still makes us suffer is vertical lines (...). The window openings are designed (...) to be different by enlarging them or reducing their size or repositioning them or creating new openings for them. All of this in irregular forms. Then a spiral is to go around the house, which is also a symbol of creation and the organic cycle. (...) The trees on the roof should be of various species, i. e., not a monoculture. (...) A genuine ecological house is one which is engaged in a dialogue with nature and in harmony with nature, which is gentle and passive. Only a house with a forest can be this, a house in which nature can itself take hold, in which nature finds a home again, simultaneously with man.(excerpt from Hundertwasser's speech before the steering committee of the City of Hamm, spring, 1982, in: Das Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna, 1985, pp. 139-143)


Text, architecture model by Hundertwasser, visit to the site
Models 1:100 and 1:20, c. 1982

1982 - 1984
Execution of Plans: Atelier Martin Schwanzer, Vienna
Hamm, D

On the invitation of Werner Kley, of Galerie Kley, on the occasion of the "State Garden Exhibition 1984" in Hamm, with the objective to show that the old buildings of the Maximilian Coal Mine on the exhibition grounds need not to be torn down, but can be preserved and in part renovated.

mehr weniger
  • Das Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna, 1985, p. 139 - 143, 140 (c)
  • H. Rand, Hundertwasser, Cologne, 1991, p. 197 (c) and ed. 1993, p. 169 (c)
  • R. Schediwy, Hundertwassers Häuser, Vienna, 1999, p. 244
  • A. C. Fürst, Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Cologne, 2002, Vol. II, pp. 1214/1215 (and c)
  • Hundertwasser Architektur, Cologne, 2006, pp. 303 (c), 312
  • G. Illetschko, Planet Hundertwasser, Munich, 2012, p. 99 (c)
  • Fred G. Rausch, Hamm lädt ein zur Landesgartenschau, Sonderdruck aus dem Adreßbuch der Stadt Hamm für das Jahr 1982, Hamm, 1982, p. 11, 13 (c)
  • Elisabeth Axmann / Werner Kley, Maximilian Park, Hamm, 1984 (c)
  • db, Deutsche Bauzeitung, no. 5, 1982, Stuttgart, p. 5 (c)
  • Gb + Gw, Gärtnerbörse und Gartenwelt, no. 47, Nov. 27, 1982, Hamburg, p. 1123 (c)
  • Hammagazin, Nov. 1982, Hamm, p. 3, 11-14 (c)
  • Neue Landschaft, Feb. 1983, p. 58 (c)
  • Hammagazin, LGS-Sonderausgabe April, 1984, Hamm, p. 5-7 (c)