Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his Toilet

Hundertwasser toilets

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.

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  1. Heather on her travels 6 August 2010 at 2314 - Reply

    My goodness – can you actually use it or are people just queuing up to have a look?

  2. Anne-Sophie 7 August 2010 at 0011 - Reply

    Haha. Fully usable – with booths, nappy-changing facilities and everything.

  3. Debbie Dubrow 7 August 2010 at 0632 - Reply

    Wow, what a find!

  4. Petter P. 8 August 2010 at 0828 - Reply

    All public toilets should be this cool!

  5. Denise Michaels, "Your Excellent Adventure" 10 August 2010 at 0613 - Reply

    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.

  6. Maralyn Hill 12 August 2010 at 1642 - Reply

    Great shot and write up.

  7. Louise 23 September 2010 at 1158 - Reply

    I love the works of Hundertwasser, so innovative and exciting / and now, yet another another reason to visit New Zealand.

  8. Jason 27 March 2011 at 0147 - Reply

    Interesting post and what a legacy.

  9. Nancy D. Brown 27 March 2011 at 0733 - Reply

    Wow! Now that’s a wild and crazy potty.

  10. Suzy 6 May 2011 at 0052 - Reply

    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.

  11. Ambrelette 27 March 2013 at 2348 - Reply

    The little girl is soo ADORABLEE awww… I love her!! 😀

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