“When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dreams together it is the beginning of a new reality.”
Not everything that we dream of comes true. Along with being an architect, Mr. Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian visual artist. He stood out to be a rival for straight lines and any standardization that would express such a concept in the field of designing a building.
This man is known for his bold use of colours and for his individual architectural designs. His story with the environment has always been something he can relate to. Usage of irregular forms and incorporation of natural features is what his designs speak of.
The language of nature is what is tough to understand but it’s all a matter of how you deal with it. Being an artist the design of the buildings surely includes some artistic ideas making them stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Design And Materials Used
The Kuchlbauer Tower is the symbol of Kuchlbauer’s World of Beer. This tower is an architectural design of the world’s well-known artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. It was planned, reviewed and approved by the architect Peter Pelikan.
In 1999, Hundertwasser proposed a 70-meter high tower for the then owner and general manager of the brewery, Leonhard Salleck. The tower could not be erected in these dimensions. However, after Hundertwasser’s death, the design worked as an inspiration that was needed for his all-time friend and colleague, Peter Pelikan to independently adjust and review the Tower that now stands.
The whimsical structure guises like a tall robot with a golden head and many colourful limbs sprouting from its body. It positions itself at 115 feet tall. The “onion dome” which is a golden ball at the top of the tower, is one of the trademarks of Hundertwasser.
The inner side of this bright ball is blue and adorned with colourful mosaics, which can also be seen in the tower’s cellar. Each of the peculiarly shaped rooms within the tower is devoted to a key ingredient of beer and the brewing process. Different chambers are covered with stained glasswork and the bright art shows that part in which the ingredient is being highlighted.
According to a local myth, the wheat beer Kuchlbauer is known for its brewed Weissbier dwarves and the tower embraces a home for these mythical dwarves, a pothole with an installation of animated dwarf statues representing what they do best.
Pleasant circular shapes, dancing windows, irregular floors and organic lines and onion domes are in sync with nature and define Hundertwasser’s humane construction. Additionally, the interior and exterior of the Kuchlbauer Tower pay tribute to the culture of beer brewing in Bavaria.
It serves as a gift of beautiful artwork for the people of Abensberg, and the Hallertau. The tower acts as a magnet for visitors and also supports the tourism industry in the surrounding area. It also creates an educational impact on society. Hundertwasser’s design can inspire people, especially children to become more creative and to be beautiful in all aspects of life.
According to Hundertwasser, art was not limited to any framework. An artist’s work should have an effect on all areas of life, be it on clothing or, through articles for everyday use, on daily life. Hundertwasser also created many objects intended to express his quest for beauty and for variety in all areas of life, but also his concern and commitment for the environment and for nature.
The tour is incomplete without a visit to the Beer Garten which is just beside the tower. The fascinating details of the tower made the place even more lively creating an urge to not leave the place. The approach and works towards the painting have inspired a lot of people. His love for using a natural approach was always appreciated. His style of architecture seemed to be very original and aesthetically appealing. He wanted to restore beauty and romanticism to that place in everyday life.
So you see, Beer and Art are two prominent things in life, but art is eternal. What can you say about Hundertwasser’s work and the Kuchlbauer Tower? Is it too crazy or larger than life? But, that’s all this structure is about. It makes you think again and never disappoints your imagination.
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