Waldspirale, Germany

Building Name -: Waldspirale

Location           -: Darmstadt, Germany

Artist                -: Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austrian)

Architect          -: Heinz M. Springmann

Contractor       -: Bauverein Darmstadt company

Year of Start    -: 1998

Year of End      -: 2000

Description     -:

  • Waldspirale in english is Forest Spiral.
  • Unique feature of building is it has a forest growing on top of it.
  • It contains 105 apartments, a parking garage, and a kiosk.
  • There is also a café and bar located at the top of the forest spiral.
  • The building is shaped like a U, in the center of which there is an inner courtyard, playground, and small artificial lake for young residents to play in.
  • The Waldspirale’s breathtaking diagonal green roof is planted with grass, shrubs, flowers and trees that wind their way up the path of the 12 story building.
  • It has over 1,000 windows and no one of these windows are shaped the same in this “out of line” building, and many have “tree tenants” growing right through them.
  • At the highest point the building has 12 floors.
  • The corners between the walls and ceiling are rounded off in every apartment.
  • Some of the apartments are decorated in Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s personal style and exhibit the colourful tiles in the bath and kitchen that are characteristic of his work.
  • The handles that are attached to the windows and doors follow the same mismatched aesthetic.
  • From the outside, the typical elements of Hundertwasser’s personal style attract attention: the gilded onion domes, the absence of straight lines and sharp corners, the multicoloured painting of the building in earth tones and the colourful ceramic columns.



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