The Spittelau Waste Incineration Plant in Vienna
The Spittelau Waste Incineration Plant is a popular landmark in Vienna. Following a major fire in 1989 its façade was re-designed by the Austrian eco-architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. It combines clean waste recycling and disposal with environmentally friendly generation of thermal heat and hot water through innovate and artistic design.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born in 1928 and began his career as a painter. After travelling around Morocco, Tunisia, Nepal, Tokyo and Siberia, Hundertwasser developed an abstract, decorative, vibrant and two dimensional style utilising ornamental spirals, circles, meanders and biomorphic shapes. But from the early 1950's he became increasingly interested in architecture. His designs incorporated the same elements as his earlier paintings, combining hills, colour, pattern and meandering shapes to create beautiful and unique structures.