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Creating identity-forming designs Vienna-based Pichler & Traupmann Architects (pxt) impress with a distinctively unexpected design vocabulary. Elegantly curved facades, innovative glass fronts and unusual, contemporary shapes which adhere to their clients’ orientated content are just some of the features that make them stand out in Austria’s architecture landscape. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: TOMASELLI I PXT I ROLAND HALBE
The founders of pxt, Christoph Pichler & Johann Traupmann, know each other from Vienna’s University of Applied Arts. Even as students, it quickly became clear that they both shared the same high mental and creative affinities and Pichler & Traupmann’s first attempts in the architecture world have proved the duo’s worth.“We pair our proven abilities with the ambition of improvement,” Christoph Pichler explains. That way, a long-standing office partnership grew out of small, jointly successes at the start and today the cooperation is sure to approach the
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most challenging tasks with the same vigour as on the very first day. The shared fundamental idea of the company foundation was actually the selfless, pure enthusiasm for architecture and for the fascination of creating something imaginative. This core principle can still be found in pxt’s designs today. The architectural office knows how to translate complex assignments and programmes into unexpected spatial structures whose innovation also reflects and clearly communicates their
clients’orientated content.Therefore, identity-forming, impressive unicums are realised. Sheer pragmatism as regards to functional and economic factors are not the only elements in pxt’s office.“However, of course, both aspects aren’t disregarded,”Johann Traupmann notes. What makes pxt stand out is their congruence of theory and praxis, which shows as pure ambition across all project phases. An unusual portfolio Working on projects in every area from villas or schools, to working on functionally demanding building typologies, such as conference building or concert hall, pxt’s main emphasis is put on building company headquarters and institutions for entrepreneurial use.“Furthermore, we have built up extensive knowledge in the entire building process, such as in construction and detail
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