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Introducing the colourful and eccentric Hundertwasser toilet block. This unusual building represents Friedensreich (Frederick in english!) Hundertwasser’s final public project.

Hundertwasser spent his declining years in New Zealand and came to love the relaxed informality of Kawakawa which allowed him to walk its streets unrecognized. He wished to give something back to the community and when, in 1998, the Kawakawa Community Board decided to upgrade the public toilets, Hundertwasser offered his own design.

In consultation with the Bay of Islands College, students prepared the ceramic tiles which have been used throughout the building. The bricks came from a former Bank of New Zealand building and the finished work, including mosaics, ceramics, bottle glass windows, copper work, gold balls atop the roof, and even the tree growing through the center, are a testament to both the community volunteers who helped construct the building and Frederick Hundertwasser himself.


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