Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

The building work by Friedensreich Hundertwasser isnt CGish at all, but it is surely artistic. It has a great deal of passion in it beyond the cool, crystalline signature architecture of the moment. Though he is now dead, I think he might quite like some of the blobby, organic architecture that is very much in vogue today.

Read a bit of a bio in the Guardian and have a look at the styling of his work below. For me it has an awkward stylistic mix of crafty adornment and flowing juxtaposed form. The Hundertwasserhaus is more immediately appealing for me, the striations making a vibrant pattern for us. The aesthetic is quite Gaudi-esque really and makes a really interesting counterpoint to alot of the theory and works of architects and theorists I have been reading through my COFA course of Digital Architecture...

[images of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's architecture from the Wikipedia site]


But wait - there's more. One of the features of his work is the extensive use of tiling and the Mosaic art source blog has a nice look at his efforts and images:

[images of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's mosaic tiling from the Mosaic art source blog]


Though there are plenty more fascinating images to see, I will leave off with this image of a rather hobbiton-like creation. I am having trouble nutting down exactly what this is actually, there are a few references to this being his work, though none further reference what this place is or if it really is his work. I include it here anyhow as maybe it will prompt me (or someone) to confirm things either way at some point (it is only a model...).

[image of a possible Friedensreich Hundertwasser scheme]

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