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Hundertwasser and his Toilet

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In Vienna, you may have seen the creative and colourful Hundertwasser House; tthe one with no straight lines, where trees are incorporated into the house. Even the floors are wavy. As Hundertwasser said: “an uneven floor is a melody to the feet”.

But did you know the famous, ahead-of-his-time eco-friendly Austrian architect lived in New Zealand for 25 years? Before he died in 2000, he left a public toilet as a parting gift to his adopted home town Kawakawa on the North Island.

Featuring a glass-bottled wall, mosaic tiles, copper work, cobblestone floors (uneven, of course), the Hundertwasser toilet is a good reason to make a stop in Kawakawa on your way to the Bay of Islands.

Written by  Anne-Sophie Redisch.

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