Rooftop Remodeling Falkestrasse

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Background[edit]

The Falkestrasse rooftop remodelling located in Vienna, Austria is the most iconic Coop Himmelb(l)au architectural project to date.[1][2] The remodelling is an edition to a pre-existing traditional Viennese building. The law firm clients, Schuppich, Sporn, Winischhofer required more space [3] in which Coop Himmelblau went up and out. The remodeling design commenced in 1983, with the final construction concluding in late 1988.[4]

The Building[edit]

The rooftop building extension itself is a parasitic structure, appearing to chaotically distort and violently slice the existing building.[5] The extension consists of a 90m2 conference room beneath the major wing along with additional offices and reception further into the roof space.[6][7] beneath a “space creating bow”.[8] Speaking on the building, We just interpreted a new corner solution... it was one of the first deconstructavist architecture (sic) in the world - Wolf D. Prix [9] The remodeling of this rooftop was especially difficult. because we were not allowed to change the material or slope of the roof. So we showed the model to the mayor of Vienna and asked him whether he thought it was archircture. He said "Looks more like art to me." And we said "Thank you very much," because art is not subject to the rules of the building code - Wolf D. Prix[10]

Reception[edit]

The rooftop extension has been described by architectural theorist Charles Jencks as “a riotous melange of twisted and warped shapes which resembles a dead pterodactyl that has crash-landed on the roof”.[11] The Falkestrasse rooftop extension was included as a part of the Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition held in the MOMA in 1988.[12] In his introduction essay to the deconstructivist exhibition, Mark Wigley describes the project as “The rooftop remodleing project in this exhibition... is clearly a form that has been distorted by some alien organism, a writhing, disruptive animal breaking through the corner. Some twisted counter-relief infects the orthogonal box. It is a skeletal monster which breaks up the elements of the form as it struggles out”.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Architizer, About Coop Himmelblau, March 2012
  2. ^ Images Publishing Group, 2006. Int. Architecture Yearbook No 5. Edition. Images Publishing Dist Ac.
  3. ^ Peter Noever, 2008. Coop Himmelb(l)au: Beyond the Blue. Bilingual Edition. Prestel USA
  4. ^ http://www.coop-himmelblau.at/site/#
  5. ^ Philip Johnson, 1988. Deconstructivist Architecture. 1st Edition. Museum of Modern Art/Little Brown and Company.
  6. ^ Aaron Betsky, 1990. Violated Perfection. Edition. Rizzoli.
  7. ^ Peter Noever, 2008. Coop Himmelb(l)au: Beyond the Blue. Bilingual Edition. Prestel USA
  8. ^ Frank Werner, 2000. Covering + Exposing : Coop Himmelblau. 1 Edition. Birkhäuser Basel.
  9. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzovw0Ij8z0
  10. ^ 2006. Wolf D. Prix & Coop Himmelb(l)au: Get Off of My Cloud. Edition. Hatje Cantz Publishers.
  11. ^ Frank Werner, 2000. Covering + Exposing : Coop Himmelblau. 1 Edition. Birkhäuser Basel.
  12. ^ http://www.moma.org/docs/press_archives/6526/releases/MOMA_1988_0029_29.pdf?2010
  13. ^ Franz Schulze, 1996. Philip Johnson: Life and Work. 1 Edition. University Of Chicago Press.