The Kingdom of Crooked windows.Vienna, Austria)

creator of this for nothing like home once said: "Wealth and power is always symbolized with towers and domes.Tower with a golden dome-onion dome on someone else's home raises the status of its occupant to a royal level. "

This house has it all - and slender towers and golden domes, but concepts such as the "wealth and power" bad associated with this multi-colored splendor.In any case, if the inhabitants of the "citadel" and feel like royalty, it is only such a cozy and "mundane", and in the truest sense of the word ...

Dossier Wizard: Real name - Friedrich Stowasser.Years of life: December 15, 1928 - February 19, 2000.Education: Academy of Fine Arts in 3 months in 1948.The appearance of a nickname - 1948.The first exhibition of works - 1952 (Vienna).The first big success - 1962 (Venice).The first manifesto boycott rational architecture - Vienna 1968.First Day Hundertwasser - 1980 (New York).He planted 100 trees.The restructuring of the incinerator "Spitellau" (Vienna) - 1988-1992.Completion of con

struction of the Museum of Modern Art (Kunsthausven, Vienna) - 1991

Dossier home : Idea building - Friedensreich Hundertwasser.Architect - Peter Pelikan.Construction period - from 18 August 1983 to 15 October 1985.Living area - 3784 m2 (about 19 m2 per person).Number of apartments - 52 Number of tenants - about 200 people.The size of apartments - from 30 to 150 m2.Additional premises: conservatory, 2 children's playrooms, 16 private and 3 public terraces, 5 stores.The number of trees planted in the territory - 250.

This residential building, located in the 3rd district of Vienna and the name of a respectable Hundertwasser House - embodied dream of the controversial and brilliant Austrian Masters, known to the world under the name of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, was ready for occupancyby October 1985.

little more than two years it took its creators to ensure that a fairy tale come true.Although not all residents aristocratic Austrian capital were delighted to see the "profit" off the shelf.Chief ideologue accused and that he is with his characteristic outrageous quirks disfigures the classic look of the city, and that, since much to build this dwelling gnomes he was allowed, he, entering into the taste, will make every effort to ensure that such"gingerbread" architecture has been more and more.

However, there were many, and those who are looking at this house, blissfully smiling, remembering the tale read as a child and secretly dreamed of some unthinkable way to become the proud owner of one of the existing 52 apartments in it.And to do this, by the way, as before, and now, it is not easy - well before the end of the construction of the "contents" of this public housing was sold outright, and a lot of money.

history of the birth of the fairy-palace home was neither smooth nor unambiguous.By the time the building permit was obtained, Hundertwasser has managed fairly "excel" in the field of protest against the architectural rationalism and the usual rigor of the urban landscape.

His struggle for the embodiment of the project home was not easy.That there is only one share of its protests in the form of absolute exposure to the bright eyes of the then mayor of Vienna, especially in view of the fact that the mayor was a female.But it may be that this was the calculation of the artist.Although such an action he had then not the first, and for the third time in his protest against the ... ordinary.

Romanticism, so characteristic of creativity Hundertwasser, quite organically combined with practicality.Facade House on Levengasse not only has an unusual color scheme, but also made with the expectation that no rain, no wind for a long time could not offer him the damaging effects.The fact that Hundertwasser while when finishing work went home insisted that the colored plaster was produced not only by hand, but is superimposed in the same way.

However, the same can be said about all the other details of finishes, located throughout the home - ceramic tiles, cones and decorative columns and even lions.By the way, all the lions in the house face the Levengasse (Lion alley) and are made of stone, always a cold symbol of power, but the cones - of ceramics, creating a very warm and homely atmosphere.But these two opposites Hundertwasser able to combine the most organic way.

Particularly noteworthy are the window, which is present in this building no more nor less than 13 types.They seemingly scattered across the facade almost at random and different from each other not only in color but also in size and shape.It seems that their location was not determined from the outside, but inside, in fact it is not so.In line with its concept of "dictatorship of the windows, and their right to self-determination", Hundertwasser thought through "the window issue" to the smallest detail, correlating it with all the other elements of the building decoration.

I must say that he was generally kind extremely solid.All that he had in his youth chosen as components of his creative manifesto, sooner or later find expression in his art.Put forward his theory of "the dictatorship of the window" is a consistent manifestation of his peculiar style in each of his works.And declared to them at the same time, as a young man, one of his principles - the principle of "harmonious union between Man and Nature" - just got his second "I".

But the most important thing is that all these principles and theories, he was able to perfectly combine in each of its implementation of the project.The house is in his name is also not an exception.

Against built it in 1991, the House of Art, the building, located in one of the quarters of the 3rd district of Vienna, hardly a swan song.And yet this is his, no doubt, the favorite child reflected all what he wanted, fought for and defended it throughout the years of his creative life.

Hundertwasser often referred to as citizen of the world of synthetic nature and universality of his creations that can integrate into any landscape, whether it is Europe or the prim much-loved master of exotic countries.It is already being recognized as an artist, I do not hesitate any work enthusiastically developing designs of postage stamps, phone cards, tokens for the casino and even flags for individual regions and countries.

After the House in 1988, followed by a restructuring which became world famous Vienna incinerator "Spittelau" plant, which Hundertwasser also turned into a fairy tale, albeit in a very different, but also good and colorful.

In 1991, and again in his native Vienna, it was over the Museum of Modern Art (Kunsthausven) again become the living embodiment of fairy-tale motifs.To be fair in Vienna with all its stiffness and the pursuit of traditionalism is not only recognized his unpredictable "prodigal son", but was able to appreciate his talent, was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor Hundertwasser city.

Equally rewarding was also one of Austria's land, south-eastern Styria, owes him building the church, and most importantly, the architectural complex of the famous Water resort Rogner-Bad Blumau, and also awarded him an honorary gold medal.

Hundertwasser lucky - he had the opportunity during his lifetime and become recognized, and even exalted, that is known to be a true artist does not happen often.There was also executed and his last will - he found a shelter where the most wanted and - in his beloved New Zealand.

Death overtook Masters in the sea, as if knowing that still he chose for himself a brand new, special name early age instead of what was given to him at birth, because "Hundertwasser" in German means "hundred water"and "Friedensreich" -. "kingdoms of this world"