Sunday, October 25, 2009

Apartment building = Cool? Interesting? This one is!!



Today we made a little trip up to Darmstadt to check out the Waldspirale (wooded spiral) building. It was designed by famous Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, supposedly on the back of a napkin! This very cool building is not a museum or other attraction, it is an apartment building. No two apartments, windows or doorknobs are alike. That's right...doorknobs!

This particular building features all of Hundertwasser's signature elements, most importantly the complete lack of straight lines, living trees as important parts of the building, and brightly colored ceramic tiles and columns appear at random throughout the structure. The Waldspirale is a U shaped building that slopes upwards like a ramp and the entire rooftop is planted with grass, trees and flowers.
His rationale for designing one of his buildings was so that nothing ugly would be built in that space.



I'm so glad that Bill discovered this very cool piece of architectural art so close to where we live.

I wanted to created a scrapbooking template freebie inspired by the Waldspirale, but as these projects usually do...it evolved into something else. Ah well...it is still a pretty cool template even though it does have straight lines and some right angles! Enjoy!



download here

17 comments:

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Petra said...

Interesting building! But just a note, "Waldspirale" means "Forest Spiral" not "wooded spiral".

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 8 post on Oct. 26, 2009. Thanks again.

Didi said...

That's what I thought too Petra...but when we read about it online it was interpreted that way. Of course we know how odd some translations online can be! :)

Kirk Shelton said...

it looks like one of those Food Network Cake Challenge cakes.

ella said...

Remembers me to Frank Gehry's buildings, though seems more complex

ErnieErnster1 said...

Looks Cool! Nice photography

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Gaby Bee said...

This building is interesting indeed. Inside is a nice Mexican Restaurant with a wonderful little roofgarden. Darmstadt is half an hour away from my hometown :-)

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Very cool apartment building, would feel strange to live with normal furniture on the inside wouldn't it? :)

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