Since this week was full of lovely sunshine days, we finally made it out to see the famous Vienna Hundertwasserhaus, which is something I’ve been meaning to see for awhile.
An architect known for being pro-color and anti-straight lines, Hundertwasser set out to prove that government housing could be artistically interesting, and so this apartment building has become one of Vienna’s most viewed attractions, though the tour buses were nowhere to be found on this particular Sunday in February.
Colorful it is, that’s for sure, however, it would be even more colorful with a bit of upkeep. Of course, everything looks a bit drab in the dead of winter, however, a bit of spring cleaning wouldn’t hurt this place. It might have been done by a famous architect, but you still have to keep up the place. Also interesting to me was that Hundertwasser’s love of uneven surfaces extends to the sidewalk/courtyard area, which was composed of patches of all sorts of differently sized cobblestones, interspersed with unever patches of concrete, (something you notice when pushing around a stroller), which in my mind makes this rather uninhabitable for the elderly, handicapped or those with infants – aren’t those the communities government housing is supposed to serve?
The walk over wasn’t particularly anything to write about – in fact, it reminded of the Sex and the City episode when the gals pile in a car (that I’m surprised any of them knew how to drive) to attend a baby shower in Connecticut, only to discover none of them have been off the “island” in the past ten years. At the time, I guffawed and made fun of that scene, now I am that scene, realizing I rarely leave the first district, and during the walk I realized why that is. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant day, and we took the canal path back instead which was much more pleasant. I would just advise checking out the scene in the springtime – a little greenery and some cafes that are actually open would give this place the extra oomph it needs.