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One of the most popular landmarks of Vienna is actually just a house. But Hundertwasser Haus is not an ordinary building, the kind that you’ll see in every street in every city. It is a mysterious piece of free architecture, full of colours, unusual shapes, and trees and plants growing from everywhere.
The pillars on the picture can be found at the foot of the house, just under the terrace where you can sit and have coffee. There is also a huge souvenir shop complex nearby.
The author of the house, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, was an Austrian architect and painter, who openly fighted against the boring conventional style of architecture. Besides the Hundertwasser Haus, he designed buidings and structures of various types (from fountains to power plants) in various places in Vienna, Austria, but also as far as Japan or New Zealand.
Nevertheless, there is another person who should be given equal credit when talking about Hundertwasser Haus. His name is Josef Krawina and he in fact is the architect of the house. The building is officially referred to as Hundertwasser-Krawina Haus.
Hundertwasser Haus is located at the edge of Löwengasse and Kegelgasse in the 3rd Viennese district, Wien-Landstrasse. You can get there by walking about 10 minutes from the U-Bahn station Landstrasse / Wien-Mitte. Alternatively, you can take a tram (line 1) from Schwedenplatz. See detailed directions to Hundertwasser Haus.
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