Peter Pelikan is an Austrian architect who has emerged primarily through his collaboration with artists interested in structural design.
Pelikan studied architecture at the Technical University, now the Technical University of Vienna, and graduated with a degree in engineering. In 1972 he entered the service of the city of Vienna and worked in the urban design department of the municipality. Since 1980 Pelikan was not only dedicated to the architectural realization and collaboration in architectural projects with expressionist artist and activist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, but also other unorthodox building projects. One of the most important projects that Pelikan has been a part of is the Hundertwasser House in Vienna.
Projects implemented with Hundertwasser include the Kunsthaus Vienna (1989–91), the thermal village Rogner Bad Blumau (1990–97), the redesign of the Autobahn rest house Bad Fischau (1989–90), the Hundertwasserhaus in Bad Soden am Taunus (from 1990), the daycare center Heddernheim -Nord (near Frankfurt am Main), the Green Citadel of Magdeburg (the latter together with Heinz M. Springmann ) and the " Kuchlbauer Tower " in Abensberg. Pelikan also planned the market hall in Altenrhein in Switzerland.
Pelikan also worked for other artists with neo-decorative "anti-rationalist" architectural conceptions, for example he offered technical support to Arik Brauer when he was commissioned in 1991 to artistically design a residential building in Vienna's Gumpendorfer Strasse that was to be built by the non-profit housing cooperative Gesiba. The house called Arik-Brauer-Haus was opened on May 22, 1994 by the Mayor of Vienna.
Gottfried Kumpf helped Pelikan (1991–1992) with the design and construction of a rest area with an attached hotel on the Austrian A4 motorway near Göttlesbrunn.
Among other things, Pelikan took responsibility for transforming the home and workplace of the last blacksmith of the Lower Austrian wine-growing community of Schönberg am Kamp into a cultural and tourism center. The building, which was left to decay, was bought up and revitalized by the municipality.
In 2014 he opened the KunstHausAbensberg he had planned, a project by the same brewery owner, for whom he had already built the Kuchlbauer tower with Hundertwasser. The brewery is a 143-meter long work of art dedicated to environmental protection. Sketches and designs by Peter Pelikan hang on many of the walls in its hall. Based on the ecological commitment and the closely related art and architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the architect planned the facade in harmony with nature, from which he borrowed the elements for his designs.
Peter Pelikan has a large share in the success and exemplary functioning of all Hundertwasser architectures and other such post-modern, ecological-decorative interventions. It is his skills and knowledge that has implemented the concepts, ideas, concerns and philosophies of great minds.
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