Die Grüne Zitadelle of Magdeburg

Die Grüne Zitadelle of Magdeburg

After the rigorous straight lines of the Bauhaus school, on the same day I paid a visit to Die Grüne Zitadelle of Magdeburg, the last completed architectural project of Austrian artist Hundertwasser. One of his main tenets was the rejection of those straight lines!


I took a tour, but it unfortunately didn’t spend too much time inside the building. The hallway floors have a tendency to rise up in the corners and edges, and most every surface gets rounded off in some way. There are obviously some correspondances with what Gaudi was doing in Barcelona a hundred years back.

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  • gregaddison  On July 17, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    There must’ve been crosstalk, of course, but Hundertwasser can’t hold a candle to Gaudi. The golden spheres and applied textures to smooth surfaces doesn’t come close to the biomorphic power of Casa Mila in Barcelona.

    Bauhaus, on the other hand, is a true masterpiece. Modernism has been controversial as style since its invention, but there’s no doubt that this building is definitive. Wish I’d been there, Curt.

  • Curt  On August 3, 2008 at 8:03 am

    “Biomorphic power”! I like that.

    While I too admire Gaudi’s work, I appreciate what Hundertwasser was doing; adding some whimsy and human touch to what are all too often drab modern buildings. His use of the ‘natural’ extends to putting grassed surfaces and trees on upper levels of the buildings.

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