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Contemporary Architecture Practice in Austria – design studio led by architect Wolf Prix

post updated 3 Apr 2021

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Coop Himmelb(l)au Architecture Studio

Wolf D. Prix

Wolf D. Prix, a co-founder, Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU located in Vienna. In 1988 a Los Angeles office was opened. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association of London, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Most formative among his many international teaching positions was his tenure at the University of Applied Arts Vienna: from 1993 to 2011 he was Professor for Architecture (Studio Prix), and continues to serve as Dean of the Institute of Architecture.

Dalian Conference Center, China:
Dalian International Conference Center building China

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is active in architecture, urban planning, design, and art. The architectural designs have been highly acclaimed and featured in many publications, museums and collections worldwide. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has received numerous international awards including the ‘RIBA International Award’ for the Akron Art Museum and the ‘RIBA European Award’ for the BMW Welt.

Among the current projects are the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France; the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark; the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; the Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea; the Dalian International Conference Center in Dalian, China; the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China; the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, Baku as well as the Martin Luther Church in Hainburg, Austria.

Coop Himmelb(l)au Architects – Key Older Projects

Coop Himmelb(l)au Buildings

Art Museum Strongoli, Perugia, Italy
Art Museum Strongoli building design by Coop Himmelb(l)au
picture from architect
Art Museum Strongoli

BMW Welt Event + Delivery Center, Munich, southern Germany
BMW Welt
photo © Duccio Malagamba
BMW Welt – Architecture competition winner

Busan Cinema Center, Busan, South Korea
Busan Cinema Center building design by Coop Himmelb(l)au
photo © Woochang Choi Korea
Busan Cinema Center : Architecture contest

Center of Performing Arts Zarautz, Spain
Center of Performing Arts Zarautz
picture : Coop Himmelb(l)au
Coop Himmelblau : Zarautz Building

‘Energy Roof’, Perugia, Italy
Energy Roof Perugia
Energy Roof Perugia

European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
European Central Bank Tower building design by Coop Himmelb(l)au
European Central Bank

HQ of China Insurance Group, China
Headquarter of China Insurance Group design by Coop Himmelb(l)au
picture © SILKROAD Digital Technology Co. LTD
Headquarter of China Insurance Group

Museum of Contemporary Art, China
Museum of Contemporary Art Planning Exhibition Shenzhen
image : SILKROAD Digital Technology Co. LTD
Shenzhen museum building

North Jutland House of Music, Denmark
House of Music in Aalborg building design by Coop Himmelb(l)au
House of Music Aalborg

Town Town Office Tower, Vienna, Austria
Town Town Erdberg building design by Coop Himmelb(l)au
image ©, Vienna
Town Town Office Tower

Coop Himmelb(l)au Buildings – no images

Biel Towers, Forum Arteplage Biel, Switzerland

Central Los Angeles Area High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, L.A., CA, USA
Date built: 2008
Design with HMC Architects

Cloud Roof in Riva del Garda, Italy
Date built: 2011

European Central Bank (ECB) – new headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany
Dates built: 2007-14
approximately 185m high

Gasometer B – redevelopment, Vienna, Austria
Dates built: 1998-2001
Design: Coop Himmelb(l)au, Prix & Swiczinsky & Dreibholz
360 apartments

High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles, California, USA
Dates built: 2006-08
Design: Coop Himmelb(l)au with HMC Architects

House, Venice, California, USA
Date: 2007-

Musee des Confluences, Lyon, France
Dates built: 2008-13

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Location: Vienna, Austria, central Europe

Vienna Architect Practice Information

This contemporary architect studio is based in Austria, central Europe.

Partners : Wolf D. Prix + Helmut Swiczinsky

The practice is famous for unusual, angular buildings. A key early project was a prosthetic guest attached to, and invading, a Vienna building, a major influence on many architecture students in the early 90’s. Their architecture could be equated to Expressionist art in that the projects ‘explode’ and are almost defined by non-cartesian form.

5 Mar 2013
INGLASS 2013 International Architecture Conference, Romania, Southeastern Europe
INGLASS Architecture Conference
image from organiser
Architecture Event with Wolf D. Prix, with Prof. Wolf D. Prix – update 8 Feb 2013
The third edition of INGLASS is about glass and glass construction, architecture and engineering, facade systems and solar energy. INGLASS 2013 addresses the entire glass industry, architects, engineers, glass producers, processors, equipment providers.

Wolf D. Prix for Lebbeus Woods
9 Nov 2012 – Lebbeus was the living proof of Derrida’s theory that often a small sketch can have more influence on the world than a large building. And as such we will think of him as a grand architect without built work, but his designs – hey!: they are designs and not drawings! – his conceived buildings and forms had massive impact, which conquered the drawing boards of innumerable students and architects and which put the question about the contents of a future architecture into the foreground. (I notice that I wrote DRAWING board.)

Lebbeus’ forms were never lacking content, because he could only generate new timely forms with new content – everything else to him were empty building gestures, architectureless surface. Senseless to bother about them. Today we call them Lady Gaga-aesthetics.

When 20 years ago we explained this to each other in the bar of the small airport in Santa the Monica in a late afternoon, we had already emptied the Champagne supply of the bar.

But it was crystal clear, like the Roederer Cristal, what he meant by saying: if we architects cannot give impacts for new contents, we should leave it – the architecture.

We won’t Leb. Promised!

Wolf D. Prix / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Vienna, Austria, Europe

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