Artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser is often referred to as the father of green roof designs.
Born in 1928, his given name was Friedrich Stowasser, which he later changed. His architecture is widely celebrated for its unexpected appearance and original designs.
He was drawn to the sea and nature, and this is reflected in his paintings and buildings. The unusual use of lines in his architectural works does not conform to rigid styles or rules.
Taking notes from the perfect irregularities found in natural landscapes, he created visually marvelous spaces that are full of color and character.
This snippet from a documentary summarizes his focus on ecology:
He also wrote statements and essays which often led to the creation of detailed models that included green roof concepts.
When man thinks he has to correct nature, it is an irreparable mistake every time. A community should not consider it an honour how much spontaneous vegetation it destroys; it should rather be a point of honour for every community to protect as much of its natural landscape as possible.
Conserving the surrounding environment during construction was a significant focus of his works. Also, one of his trademark touches are uneven floors, which he noted made them better and more interesting.
He believed in the individual’s right to a reflective personal space, even in an apartment building’s facade. In one of his many published manifestos titled Window Dictatorship and Window Rights, he declared that building occupants should at least be able to decorate their outer windowscape to reflect their particular design tastes.
Also a favorite of his was to integrate spots of live greenery, whether on a living roof or even on the exterior of a window.
His skill, creativity and imaginative works have formed a lasting impression in the world of art and architecture.
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