Hundertwasser’s Unusual Designs

The Austrian artist and architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, had a truly unique way of expressing himself. His work was filled with bold colours, organic shapes, and an obvious respect for nature. Some his architectural designs included rooftops covered with grass, deliberately uneven apartment floors, and always a preference for curvy lines over straight ones. He loved to experiment and often chose to make his own paints, while also exploring a variety of different supports for his work like wood and wrapping paper. He remains one of the most well-known contemporary Austrian artists, and his unique and unusual architectural designs and paintings continue to draw admiration today.

This mixed media project is about painting a building inspired by Hundertwasser’s style, filled with vibrantly coloured waves, curves, and irregular forms.


  • canvas board or wood
  • pencil, eraser, scrap paper
  • acrylic paints
  • mosaic tiles
  • aluminum foil or origami paper foils
  • white glue


1. Explore the work of Hundertwasser in books or the internet. Here are some good places to start:

Explore some of these links to see how Hundertwasser made buildings, both in his paintings and architectural designs:

Hundertwasser architecture

The City

Arcade House With Yellow Tower

Bleeding Houses

Images of Hundertwasser House

2. Time to sketch out your ideas. Decide on which features of Hundertwasser’s work you like, and incorporate them into your building design. Notice his use of organic shapes like waves and spirals, rather than too many straight lines. Once completed, sketch a rough outline of it on your canvas or piece of wood.

3. Apply paint and once dry, glue any mosaic tiles and foil being used.


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