The Hundertwasserhaus village was converted from a car tyre factory between 1990 - 1991. Based on the concepts and designs of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, it was built to meet the needs and wishes of the thousands of people who visit the Hundertwasserhaus each year, an apartment building designed in the same style, which is just across the road.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser at the opening of Hundertwasser Village is quoted a saying:
“With the Village for my friend Kalke I realized another piece of a more human and nature orientated architecture. I have been working as a doctor for architecture so to say. We did not tear down and rebuild it but used existing building fabric and improved it by changing and adding to the building and inserting components with new shapes and colours.”
“On the roof a forest sprouts much to the pleasure of the neighbours and inside something like a romantic, narrow, oriental bazar exists where you like to linger for a while.”
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 natural life, trees, hills, colour, pattern and meandering shapes to create beautiful and unique structures.