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BUILDING
 
 
Rooftop Remodeling Falkestraße
Rooftop remodeling for a law firm
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DESIGNER
 
 
Coop Himmelb(l)au
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CONTEXT
 
Relationship with the location
Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky, Rooftop Remodeling Falkestraße, Schuppich Sporn Winischhofer, Vienna, Austria
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Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky, Rooftop Remodeling Falkestraße, Schuppich Sporn Winischhofer, Vienna, AustriaThe loft conversion in the Falkestrasse in the inner City of Vienna was the first realized deconstructivist building in the world and gained international attention for this new kind of architecture.

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky, Rooftop Remodeling Falkestraße, Schuppich Sporn Winischhofer, Vienna, AustriaThe law firm Schuppich, Sporn, Winischhofer, Schuppich wished to extend their office upwards. The attention was focussed on a large meeting room. Adjacent to it several smaller office units were to be designed. The project constitutes two storeys with a height of 7.80 m, with a flat area of 400 m². The spacial layout consists of a 90 m² meeting room, three office units include an office space, a reception area and adjacent rooms. It would also be possible to use the office as an apartment.

The preliminary design of 1983 depicts the corner solution. (If there really is such a thing as a solution in architecture.) There are no alcoves or turrets on the roof, no context of proportions, materials or colors but, instead, a visualized line of energy which, coming from the street spans the project, thus breaking the existing roof and thereby opening it.

This space-creating taut arc – an element of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s architecture that since 1980 has progressively become more important – is both the steel backbone of the project and its posture. The open, glazed surfaces and the closed, folded or linear surfaces of the outer shell control the light and allow or restrict the view.

Both directions of view, that from outside and that from within, define the complexity of the spacial relations. The differentiated and differentiating constructional system, which is a cross between a bridge and an airplane, translates the spacial energy into constructional reality.

The planning and the construction took one year each. On December 23rd, 1988 along with the Rooftop Remodeling Falkestrasse the first deconstructivist building was opened.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Austria [Österreich]
State
Vienna [Wien]
Town
Vienna [Wien]
Neighborhoods
Bezirk 01 Innere Stadt
Address
Falkestraße 6 (Biberstraße)
 
 
Telephone
+43.1.5124799
Fax
+43.1.5134064
Website
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Professional practises and artists' studios
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1983 - 1987    
Realisation
1988 - 1988
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Meridiani 96, dicembre 2000-gennaio 2001 [Vienna], p. 51 (44-51)
Mario Pisani, "Due realizzazioni della Coop Himmelb(l)au in Austria / Two projects by Coop Himmelb(l)au in Austria", L'industria delle costruzioni 235, maggio/may 1991, pp. 50-55
"Dachausbau Falkestrasse in Wien / Roof extension on Falkestrasse, Vienna", Deutsche Bauzeitschrift 4/1990, april 1990, pp. 509-514
L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 264, septembre/september 1989 [Autriche / Austria], pp. 88-157
Friedrich Achleitner, "Vienna est différent / Vienna is different", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 264, septembre/september 1989 [Autriche / Austria], pp. 89-92 (88-157)
"Trois projets par Coop Himmelb(l)au. Deconstruction de toit, Falkestrasse 6 / Three projects by Coop Himmelb(l)au. Roof deconstruction, Falkestrasse 6", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 264, septembre/september 1989 [Autriche / Austria], pp. 93-97 (88-157)
Silvia Milesi, "Costruzioni spezzate. Due architetture di Coop Himmelblau / Broken buildings. Two works by Coop Himmelblau", Casabella 560, settembre/september 1989, "Argomenti/News" p. 34 (33-34)
Karen D. Stein, "Over the edge. Rooftop remodeling, Vienna", Architectural Record 9 (8)/1989, august 1989, pp. 82-91
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CLIENT
 
 
Schuppich, Sporn & Winischhofer
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 1.500.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 400
Volume
m³ 2.400
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Oskar Graf, Wien
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STAFF
 
Project
Coop Himmelb(l)au
Principal-in-charge
Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky
Project architect
Franz Sam
Design team
Mathis Barz, Robert Hahn, Stefan Krüger, Max Pauly, Markus Pillhofer, Karin Sam, Valerie Simpson
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Duccio Malagamba
Drawings © Coop Himmelb(l)au
Text edited by Coop Himmelb(l)au
Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky, Rooftop Remodeling Falkestraße, Schuppich Sporn Winischhofer, Vienna, Austria



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