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Coop Himmelb(l)au
Coop Himmelb(l)au
nationality: austrian
Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
Spengergasse 37
A-1050 Wien - Austria [Österreich]
Tel: +43.1.546.60 - Fax: +43.1.546.60.600
2404 Wilshire Blvd., - Suite No. 4K, 4th floor - Los Angeles
CA-90057 Los Angeles - United States
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Team makeup for the building:
Martin Luther Kirche
Wolf D. Prix Wolf D. Prix

* Vienna [Wien], Germany [Deutschland], 1942
nationality: austrian
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COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was founded by Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky, and Michael Holzer in Vienna, Austria, in 1968, and is active in architecture, urban planning, design, and art. In 1988, a second studio was opened in Los Angeles, USA. Further project offices are located in Frankfurt, Germany; Paris, France; and Hongkong,China. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU employs currently 150 team members from nineteen nations.

The architectural studio COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is directed by Wolf D. Prix, Wolfdieter Dreibholz, Harald Krieger, Karolin Schmidbaur and Project Partners. Those are Andrea Graser, Hartmut Hank, Helmut Holleis, Paul Kath, Markus Pillhofer, Markus Prossnigg, Frank Stepper, and Michael Volk.
After Michael Holzer left the team in 1971, and with the retirement of Helmut Swiczinsky in 2001 from COOP HIMMELB(L)AU’s daily operations and in 2006 from the office, Wolf D. Prix is leading the studio as Design Principal/ CEO. In 2000, Wolfdieter Dreibholz joined COOP HIMMELB(L)AU as CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Mex S. A. de C. V. and became a partner of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix / W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH, and CEO of the main studio in 2004. In 2003 Harald Krieger was designated as Partner of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix / W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH and is managing director of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Europe GmbH, Frankfurt/ M., Germany, since 2006. Karolin Schmidbaur was made Partner of the office in 1996 and is currently Design and Managing Partner of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Vienna (since 2009) as well as the Director of the office in Los Angeles, California (since 2003).

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU’s most well-known projects include: the Rooftop Remodeling Falkestraße in Vienna (1988) ; the “master plan” for the City of Melun-Sénart in France; the Groninger Museum, East Pavilion in Groningen (1994) in the Netherlands; the design for the EXPO.02—Forum Arteplage in Biel, Switzerland; the multifunctional UFA Cinema Center in Dresden, Germany (1998); the Academy of Fine Arts (2005) and the BMW Welt (2007) in Munich, Germany; the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, USA (2007); the Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 of Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA, USA (2008); and the Pavilion 21 MINI Opera Space in Munich, Germany (2010).
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU realized further key projects in Vienna in the past years, including the SEG Apartment Tower (1998), followed by the SEG Apartment Block Remise (2000); the Apartment Building Gasometer B (2001); and the Apartment and Office Building, Schlachthausgasse (2005).
Among the recent projects that COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is pursuing throughout the world are the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France (2014); the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark (2012); the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2014); the Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea (2011); and the Dalian International Conference Center in China (2011). Additional projects in planning are the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China (2012); the Extension of the Trade Fair Premises and new Sports Hall in Riva del Garda, Italy (2013); the Cultural Center Zarautz, Spain; the Art Museum Strongoli in Calabria, Italy; Energy Roof in Perugia, Italy as well as Martin Luther Church in Hainburg, Austria (2011).

Over the course of the past four decades, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has received numerous international awards. These include: the Förderungspreis für Baukunst, Berlin (1982), the Award of the City of Vienna for Architecture (1988), the Erich Schelling Architektur Preis (1992), the Progressive Architecture/ P. A. Award (1989, 1990, and 1991), the Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis (1999) as well as the European Steel Design Award (2001). In December 2002, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was made Officier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres and also awarded the Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Land Wien. In 2005, for the design of the Akron Art Museum, our office received the American Architecture Award. Our office was awarded the 2007 International Architecture Award for four projects: for the Busan Cinema Center, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Great Egyptian Museum at the pyramids in Giza, and the Space of Contemporary Artistic Creation in Cordoba. In 2008 COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has been announced for the RIBA International Award for the Akron Art Museum and the RIBA European Award for the BMW Welt. In the same year, the World Architecture Festival Award: Production has been given for the project BMW Welt. In 2010, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU won the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award in the category sustainability for their project Town Town Erdberg.

Recognized as seminal for the architecture of the future, the works of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU have continually been the subject of international exhibitions. Among the largest and most widely known are the solo retrospectives Construire le Ciel in 1992 at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France, and the exhibition entitled Deconstructivist Architecture held in 1988 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, under the curatorship of Philip Johnson and Mark Wigley.
Internationally renowned institutions such as the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK) in Vienna, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris display the works of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU as part of their permanent exhibitions.
In 1996, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was invited to serve as the Austrian representative to the 6th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Italy. Since then, our studio has been a regular participant, presenting several projects such as the Musée des Confluences and the Guangzhou Opera House. The Musée des Confluences in Lyon was additionally shown at the Latent Utopias exhibition in Graz, Austria, from October 2002 to March 2003.
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has also been presented on several occasions at the Aedes East Gallery in Berlin, for example, at well-known shows such as Skyline in 1985, The Vienna Trilogy + One Cinema in 1998, and the exhibition on the competition for the BMW Event and Delivery Center in 2002. In the same year, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was also present at the 8th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Italy, with the projects BMW Welt and a design for the new World Trade Center. In 2007/08, the exhibition COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.Beyond the Blue was shown at the MAK in Vienna and traveled in 2009 to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA. At the 11th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Italy, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has been presented with two contributions: Astro Balloon 1969 Revisited - Feedback Space at L’ Arsenale and Brain City Lab at Padiglione Italia. The two installations were also shown in 2009, at the COOP HIMMELB(L)AU: Future Revisited exhibition at NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] in Tokyo, Japan.
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has also designed several exhibitions. Among their best known works are Paradise Cage: Kiki Smith and Coop Himmelb(l)au, shown in 1996 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and in 2000 Rudi Gernreich: Fashion will go out of fashion, for the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz, Austria, which also traveled to Philadelphia, USA.
Wallpaper* Design Award
Best Building Sites [Dalian International Conference Center]
American Architecture Award [Akron Art Museum]
Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Goldenen Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Land Wien
European Steel Design Award [UFA Palast]
Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis
Erich Schelling Architektur Preis
Preis der Stadt Wien für Architektur
Förderungspreis für Baukunst, Berlin
8 May 1968 - 8 May 2018
50 Years Coop Himmelb(l)au

2003 - 2014
European Central Bank (ECB)
Germany [Deutschland] » Frankfurt am Main
2010 - 2014
Parliament of Albania
Albania [Shqipëria] » Tirana [Tiranë]
2003 - 2014
Musikkens Hus
Denmark [Danmark] » Aalborg
2008 - 2012
Dalian International Conference Center
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá] » Dalian
2009 - 2012
Energy Roof
Italy [Italia] » Perugia
2011 - 2012
Austria [Österreich] » Schwechat
2008 - 2011
Martin Luther Kirche
Austria [Österreich] » Hainburg an der Donau
2005 - 2011
Busan Cinema Center / Busan International Film Festival
South Korea [Taehan Min'guk] » Busan
2002 - 2008
Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts
United States » Los Angeles
2002 - 2007
United States » Akron
2001 - 2007
BMW Welt
Germany [Deutschland] » Munich [München]
1995 - 2001
Austria [Österreich] » Vienna [Wien]
1993 - 1998
Germany [Deutschland] » Dresden
1994 - 1998
Austria [Österreich] » Vienna [Wien]
1986 - 1995
Netherlands [Nederland] » Groningen
1988 - 1989
Spanplattenfabrikanlage Funder Werk 3
Austria [Österreich] » Sankt Veit an der Glan
1983 - 1988
Rooftop Remodeling Falkestraße
Austria [Österreich] » Vienna [Wien]
Austria [Österreich] » Vienna [Wien]
Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix, Out of the Clouds. Wolf dPrix, Sketches 1967 – 2020, BirkhäuserCoop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix (ed.), Wolf D. Prix (author), Out of the Clouds. Wolf dPrix: Sketches 1967 – 2020, Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2022
Flavia Foradini, "Nel cielo di Coop Himmelb(l)au", Il giornale dell'architettura 59, febbraio 2008, "Mostre" p. 24
Peter Noever (ed.), Coop Himmelb(l)au. Beyond the Blue, Prestel Verlag, Munich/Berlin/London/New York 2007
François Burkhardt, "La funzione obliqua/The oblique function", Ottagono 184, ottobre/october 2005, "Trend" pp. 106-115
Philip Jodidio, "Architecture Now! vol.2", Taschen, Köln 2002, pp. 74-79
Philip Jodidio, Building a new millennium, Taschen, Köln 2000, pp. 142-143 (142-151)
"Il pianeta Vienna", Domus 485, aprile/april 1970, pp. 45-52
"Baucooperative Himmelblau", Domus 485, aprile/april 1970, pp. 48-49 (45-52)
  Architektur muss brennen!
Directed by
Mathias Frick
Year of production
Wolf D. Prix
Architect's role
On the occasion of the celebration of Wolf D. Prix`s 75th birthday Navigator Film in co- production with Hook Film and the broadcasters ORF and SRF is to air a special documentary ARCHITEKTUR MUSS BRENNEN! portraying Wolf D. Prix and his architectural vision.
The film illustrates COOP HIMMELB(L)AU’s philosophy and specific method of designing which led to important large scale international projects such as the BMW Welt in Munich, the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt/M., the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) in Shenzhen, as well as the recently completed PANEUM - Wunderkammer des Brotes in Asten.
Coop Himmelb(l)au. Frankfurt Lyon Dalian, Frankfurt am Main (Germany), DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum, 6 may / 23 august 2015
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner: 7+, Berlin, Aedes am Pfefferberg, 12 december 2012 / 24 january 2013 - extended: 3 march 2013
Architecture is the Media and the Media is the Message, Busan (South Korea), Busan Design Center, 4 / 10 october 2011
Coop himmelb(l)au Future RevisitedCoop Himmelb(l)au: Future Revisited, Tokyo, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], 19 september/23 december 2009
Coop Himmelb(l)au. Beyond the Blue

Wien, MAK Exhibition Hall, 11 december 2007/11 may 2008

Columbus, Wexner Center for the Arts, 2 april/26 july 2009
review: Flavia Foradini, "Nel cielo di Coop Himmelb(l)au", Il giornale dell'architettura 59, febbraio 2008, "Mostre" p. 24
Photo © Erwin Wurm, Manfred Klimek
Video © Coop Himmelb(l)au
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