In Vienna, you may have seen the creative and colourful Hundertwasser House. You know, the one with no straight lines, where trees are incorporated into the house. Even the floors are wavy. As Hundertwasser said:
an uneven floor is a melody to the feet.
But did you know the famous ahead-of-his-time eco-friendly Austrian architect lived in New Zealand for 25 years? Before he died in 2000, he left this public toilet as a parting gift to his adopted home town Kawakawa on the North Island.
Featuring a glass-bottled wall, mosaic tiles, copper work, cobblestone floors (uneven, of course), the Hundertwasser toilet is a good reason to make a stop in Kawakawa on your way to the Bay of Islands.
My goodness – can you actually use it or are people just queuing up to have a look?
Haha. Fully usable – with booths, nappy-changing facilities and everything.
Wow, what a find!
All public toilets should be this cool!
There was a guy east of San Diego – I think his last name was Hubbel or Hubble. I think he’s deceased now. He did the same kind of thing – designed homes (in desert-type areas of California and Arizona) with absolutely no straight lines. Everything was curvilinear. I don’t know if he went as far as having wavy floors – but those homes were (and I believe still are) considered architectural landmarks. Thanks for sharing this. Very cool.
Great shot and write up.
I love the works of Hundertwasser, so innovative and exciting / and now, yet another another reason to visit New Zealand.
Interesting post and what a legacy.
Wow! Now that’s a wild and crazy potty.
You would think it would be hard to walk on uneven floors. I guess you have to admire someone who made something ugly like a toilet into a work of art ha.
The little girl is soo ADORABLEE awww… I love her!! 😀