Architect: Walter Pichler

AH: BeL on Walter Pichler

AH: BeL on Walter Pichler

The selected drawing – a light-hearted but somewhat nervous sketch bearing the title Sketch for Underground City – belongs to an early body of work by Walter Pichler. Working on abstract, hypothetical cities and buildings, Pichler questions the relationship of oppositional systems: positive and negative space, the designed and found object, movement… Read More

Mark Dorrian

Mark Dorrian

By Mark Dorrian

When we talk about the sketchbook what do we mean? Its complexity is reflected in the difficulty we experience – in many examples, at any rate – in straightforwardly attaching a name to it, for there are times it might seem to be equally a notebook, a journal, a diary,… Read More

Walter Pichler

Walter Pichler

By Walter Pichler

Architecture … is a brutal matter … it crushes those who cannot stand it. Quoted from a manuscript statement, c. 1962

Walter Pichler: 20 Sketches from the Archives 1961–63

Walter Pichler: 20 Sketches from the Archives 1961–63

‘Architecture,’ said Walter Pichler, ‘is a brutal matter … It crushes those who cannot stand it.’ Between 1961 and 1963 the sculptor and designer, working in collaboration with the architect Hans Hollein and drawing on conversations with Raimund Abraham and Friedrich Achleitner, introduced a radically adventurous new plasticity to architecture,… Read More