If you are reading this post because of the “special” in the title, then my apology: actually this post is just another ordinary post in this blog. It just happens to be the 100th post of this blog and seeing it as a mini milestone, I just dedicate this post as a “celebration” for achieving. Frankly if I hadn’t been getting “lazy” in the last few months, I should have achieved it much earlier but anyway, I am here now.
As the 100th post, I want to post something related to 100. The most straightforward subject would be a picture with a “100” on it. Unfortunately when I took pictures during my travel, I did not have this post in my mind and therefore I cannot find any meaningful one. As I looked through the pictures trying to come up with another idea, the famous Austrian architect comes to my mind: Friedensreich Hundertwasser. His adopted surname, Hundertwasser means Hundred Water.
If you like the architecture style of Hundertwasser like I do and if you can visit only one of his works, then Rogner Bad Blumau will be the definite choice. It is a thermal spa resort at about 60km from Graz in Austria. The whole resort area is designed by Hundertwasser. Before this project he actually had an architecture idea of “In the Meadow Hills” when he was working in an Vienna redevelopment project. The idea was to have the houses and landscape well integrated with harmony. A big model was built to illustrate the concept but unfortunately the redevelopment project did not materialised. Luckily the spa resort project gives Hundertwasser a second chance to fill his mission.
The who resort area comprises of resort house building in curves and colourful exterior – the signature of Hundertwasser design. The most distinguished feature of the houses is they look like small hills on the grasslands and the roofs of the houses are full of vegetation. As we approached the resort area from Graz, it felt like leaving the reality and venture into the world of fairy tale.
Of course it’s difficult to tell the whole story of the area in one photo. I will write a couple of more posts on it to show you around.