A couple of years ago when I was in Austria, I saw the Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna. It’s an apartment building designed with a crazy mixture of shapes, textures and colours – almost like a sketch from a Roald Dahl or Dr Seuss book. I thought the designer must have been high on weed when he created it. It fascinated me and I went on a journey to find out more about the architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. He was an Austrian artist and architect and his full names are Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (btw his name means Peace-realm Rainy-day Darkly-multi-coloured Hundred-water). The more I found out about Hundertwasser, the more I liked him. He wanted to empower people through his style to express their uniqueness, to connect with their environment and to live more sustainable lives in harmony with nature. He recycled, planted trees in his buildings and on the roofs, advocated composting toilets and was in many ways a pioneer for green living.
Some time ago I decided to pursue a more sustainable lifestyle. I kicked off my shoes, left the city and joined a small community who is attempting to live more environmentally friendly lives. I have started building my own home trying to use nothing but natural materials as far as possible and designing a lifestyle that is much more in harmony with the environment. Part of what I am building is a Hundertwasser-style bathroom complete with a composting toilet.
I have also asked a graphics designer, Annika de Korte, to create a picture symbolising the journey I have embarked on and to use elements from Hundertwasser’s work in the design. And that is what this picture is. Study it and enjoy all the little elements you find in there! It basically tells the story of leaving a consumerist lifestyle behind in search of a more sustainable lifestyle where you feel a connection with the rest of nature and live in harmony with the environment.
Hundertwasser often used the Fibonacci spiral in his art work. It is a shape that you will find everywhere in nature. See some pictures on this website. The spiral in Annika’s design symbolises these spirals in nature.