Friedensreich Hundertwasser was one of the 20th century's most celebrated artists and became renowned for his revolutionary architecture.
The Austrian artist permanently moved to New Zealand in the 1970s and spent 30 years living near Kawakawa before his death in 2000.
Hundertwasser was invited by the Mayor of Whangarei to design an art centre for the city and he chose the former Northland Harbour Board Building in the town basin. More than 20 years after inception, the celebrated iconic landmark Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Maori Art Gallery opened in February 2022, the last authentic Hundertwasser building in the world. The Austrian artist famously refused to use straight lines in his uniquely organic art and architecture because ‘there are no straight lines in nature’.
- A stylish, minimalist plumbing footprint and aesthetic, giving the art and architecture room to show its maximalist uniqueness, romanticism and creativity.
- Ecological sustainability being the main principle of the build, harness water-saving where possible. This magnificent building uses 40,000 recycled bricks, 1600 cubic metres of recycled native timber of the original building, 5,000 recycled pavers and 3,000m² of locally crafted tiles alongside enduring new material from NZ and Europe.
- Durable fixings to support high traffic with seven day a week operating hours and forecasted quarter of a million visits a year.
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The Delabie lever taps were installed in accessible bathrooms providing easy use for visitors and complies with NZ4121. With a set run time of approximately seven seconds both these taps ensure that water wastage is kept to a minimum.
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Project: Hundertwasser Art Centre
Sector: Art Gallery
Location: 81 Dent Street, Whangarei Town Basin
Project complete: Feb 2022
Client: Whangarei District Council
Architect: The original Hundertwasser architecture vision was brought to life by German architect Heinz M. Springmann and Grant Harris of HB Architecture in New Zealand
Building Contractor: Trigg