just monkeying around…
June
24th

by RaShell on 2008-06-24

Well, normally, architecture doesn’t strike me as a medium related to doodling. Buildings (with rare exception of Gaudi’s poetic sandcastles) usually have too many straight lines, symmetry and rules to remind me of thoughtless scribbling… That is, until I saw these beauties. Unfortunately, not in person, but even pictures can easily inspire you to grab a gel pen and start drawing little windows and curvy walls! This is the “baby” of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) and Rogner Bad Blumau, is one of the places where he fully expressed his vision in architecture and overall philosophy – Life in harmony and in harmony with nature.
Little more digging, produced many-many more examples of Hundertwasser’s beautiful colorful work. He managed to turn the most ordinary things, like a public toilet in a small New Zealand’s community into icons of architectural creativity:Houses, wineries, walls, pretty much anything he touched, became a local/and/or international attraction and is getting plenty of well-deserved attention:

June 24th, 2008 at 11:26 am
13 Responses to “Architectural Doodles”
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    I see buildings like this and I want to whoop and clap my hands.
    Someone has put in more than the minimum to get the job done.

    Fantastic

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    Wow! These are awesome! It almost seems like a storybook world. They would fit in very well at Disneyland :)

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    RaShell Says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Same here. They’re amazing, wish there was more stuff built for it’s beauty, not just code and convenience…

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    RaShell Says:

    LaurenMarie,

    They’re so pretty, it’s painful. I keep thinking of how American architecture is mostly functional and rarely beautiful for the sake of being beautiful! Too bad… Yes, the amusement parks come to mind, but unfortunately those are mostly “cutesy”, which doesn’t necessarily mean “tasteful”… Sorry for a long rant :)

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    Dawn Says:

    Yum. Yum, yum, yum!

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    paresh Says:

    what a colourful city, just like kids dreams.

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    W. Shedd Says:

    Pretty … amazing … whooping and clapping hands … are NOT what comes to mind when I see butt-ugly buildings like this.

    Some ideas are cute for the Smurfs or Dr. Suess, but tht doesn’t mean they are attractive buildings that people would actually want to live in or walk by every day.

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    RaShell Says:

    W. Shedd,

    Butt-ugly, huh… If your taste is different from mine, we can agree to disagree. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that one of us is right, and another is wrong. Hope you’ve enjoyed other posts in this blog.

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    RaShell Says:

    Dawn,

    yes they do look delicious 😉

    Paresh,

    This is one of the reasons why I like them. I guess I’m a big kid at heart :)

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    Simon Says:

    Not good for some one with OCD, I feel like straitening the whole damn place.

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    RaShell Says:

    Hi Simon,
    The only OCD-like tendency I have is closing open cabinet doors, so no distress over curvy architecture here :-p

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    zeniamai Says:

    Looking at the pictures makes me nostalgic of my childhood days… The buildings are fun, colorful and yes quite tasteful… It like those buildings from storybooks brought to like… I simply love it!

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    elmasahe Says:

    Very colorful structures. It kinda reminds me of abstract paintings. I bet the people living in these areas are very happy and perky.;)