An artist, boldly going where no one has gone before

architect, architecture, Austrian artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, non-linear architecture, the devil's tools

The fun thing about being curious is finding the unexpected: Starting at one place and winding up at a completely different one, while making new discoveries along the way. It’s a buzz.

While researching graffiti art, I found this indescribable architecture. The prolific artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, was an Austrian-born painter, architect and sculptor. Hundertwasser’s unique and controversial vision manifested itself in boldly-colored paintings, postage stamps, flags, clothing, and later in his revolutionary architecture. The commonalities in his work were organic forms – a reconciliation of humans with nature – and irregular, non-linear designs. He considered straight lines “the devil’s tools.” His architectural works are truly one-of-a kind, particularly when one considers the sameness of the rectilinear, transparent structures currently built.

This apartment building in Waldspirale in Darmstadt, Germany has over 1000 unique windows and individualized window/door hardware. Some other Hundertwasser creations include: a structure in the US – Quixote Winery in Napa, CA; and his infamous public toilets in Kawakawa, NZ.

architect, architecture, Austrian artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, non-linear architecture, the devil's tools

architect, architecture, Austrian artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, non-linear architecture, the devil's tools

Enchanting! If you find yourself looking at one of Hundertwasser’s creations, let us know if they are as spectacular as they look in pictures.

Images: ©ouyea, ©Department of Economy & Urban Development; © P J Armitage, ©Quixote Winery

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