Waldspirale, Darmstadt

Located about 2.5 kilometres from Darmstadt city centre is The Waldspirale – a residential building complex designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The distinguishing feature of this building is its unique facade. Unlike other apartments, it is not uniform and symmetrical. It looks irregular and doesn’t follow a specific pattern. Hundertwasser is said to have chosen the colour combinations with earthy tones and designs to reflect the layers of soil found beneath the building.

To learn more about Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his works, check this website:


Some of the unique features of this building that separate it from all the other buildings are:

Unique Features of Waldspirale,Darmstadt

-It has more than 1000 windows, and each differs.

-Even the handles attached to the doors and windows of each apartment are different from each other.

-The roof is constructed with recycled concrete and is planted with linden, beech, and maple trees.

-A playground and an artificial river are part of the garden inside.

– Some apartments are decorated in Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s style, which is exhibited with colourful tiles in the bath and kitchen.

The gilded onion domes, the absence of straight lines and sharp corners, the multicoloured facade, and the colourful ceramic columns make this building distinctive.

The building also houses a restaurant, more details about which can be found here:


Waldspirale is undoubtedly a unique structure in Darmstadt. It is easily reachable using public transport and is very close to the city centre.

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