The variety of colours and an overflowing imagination that refuses to be boxed in are the hallmarks of this artist's originality: no window is the same height, straight lines are banned, the walls undulate and plants of all kinds dot the building, which is already a monochrome of reds, blues, yellows and whites... This highly original ecological building is made of bricks, ceramics and natural materials, with 250 trees and shrubs growing on the façade.
Located a little way from the city centre, the Hundertwasserhaus is a colourful building of popular architecture that contrasts with the city's predominantly Baroque architecture. The unconventional building was designed between 1983 and 1985 by Viennese painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who wanted to protest against the monotony of urban construction. The artist drew his inspiration for this unusual building from the works of Antoni Gaudi, Simon Rodia (Watts Towers) and Facteur Cheval's Palais Idéal, as well as from storybooks and the anonymous architecture of allotments. Hundertwasser's ideas on ecology and sustainable development made him one of the forerunners of 'green' art in Europe.
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The Hundertwasserhaus, art at the service of society
But the building is more than just decorative. The building was constructed between 1983 and 1985 under the direction of Mayor Helmut Zilk, and houses low-cost housing, as we say back home. It has since become one of Vienna 's main attractions! Unfortunately, it is not possible to go inside, but open days are sometimes organised, attracting tens of thousands of people.
""A painter dreams of houses and beautiful architecture through which Man is free and this dream becomes reality.""
The building houses 52 flats and 4 café-restaurants, as well as 16 private terraces and 3 communal terraces on its roof. Fun fact: all the plants that had to be removed when the building was constructed have been installed on the roof, and many visitors also enjoy the colourful, irregular mosaics.
Eating at Kunst und Café
After looking at the house, we stop off at the " Kunst und Café" café, located on the ground floor of the Hundertwasserhaus. As well as serving tasty and affordable food (around €15 for a hearty dish), it is built in the same anarchic and ecological architecture as the house: the floor, for example, is made up of a mosaic of black and white tiles interspersed with coloured dots. Numerous plants also hang from the walls and ceiling.
On top of all this, the café also offers free screenings of a film in which Friedensreich Hundertwasser gives a personal tour of "his" house!
KunstHaus Wien, the Hundertwasser museum
Just a few minutes' walk from the Hundertwasserhaus is theKunstHaus Wien, the Hundertwasser Museum, where you can find out more about the Viennese architect. The museum itself was built by the artist, and his major works are on display. A large collection of paintings, graphic arts, sketches, drawings, etc. form a singular artistic universe that bears witness to the life of an artist passionate about colour and sensitive to ecology.
The museum also houses temporary exhibitions of modern art covering almost 1,600 square metres. The hall boasts an astonishing fountain where the water flows backwards!
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Practical information for the Hundertwasserhaus
📍 Where is the Hundertwasserhaus?
Located at 34-38 Kegelgasse, in Vienna's 3rd district, the Hundertwasserhaus is just a few minutes' walk from Radetzkyplatz, Praterstern, Rochusgasse or Schwedenplatz.
🚌 How do I get to the Hundertwasserhaus?
The Hundertwasserhaus is easily accessible by public transport:
- U4 underground: Wien-Mitte or Schwedenplatz stations
- U3 underground: Wien-Mitte or Rochusgasse stations
- U1 underground: Schwedenplatz or Praterstern stations
- U2 underground: Praterstern station
- tram 1: Radetzkyplat station
- tramway O: Radetzkyplat station
⏰ KunstHaus Wien opening times
The KunstHaus Wien museum is open every day from 10am to 6pm.
👛 Prices of the KunstHaus Wien
- Full price: €11
- Full price + temporary exhibition: €12
- Temporary exhibition only: €9
- Students: €5
- Under 19s: €5
- Under 10s: free
You can buy your full-price ticket directly on the KunstHaus Wien website. Reduced-price tickets must be purchased on site.