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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 and Paris, France. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU employs currently between 50 and 150 team members from nineteen nations.
The architectural studio COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is directed by Wolf D. Prix, Harald Krieger, Karolin Schmidbaur, Markus Prossnigg and Project Partners.
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. From 2000 until 2011, Wolfdieter Dreibholz was part of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU as CEO and Partner. In 2003 Harald Krieger was designated Partner of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU and is managing director of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Europe GmbH, Frankfurt/ M., Germany, since 2006, and became CFO of the studio in 2011. 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). In 2012 Louise Kiesling was appointed Head of Product Design. Markus Prossnigg became Managing Partner in 2015 and is responsible for the overall management, supervision and delivery of key projects.
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 (2002); the multifunctional UFA Cinema Centerin 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, USA (2008); the Pavilion 21 MINI Opera Space in Munich, Germany (2010); the Martin Luther Church in Hainburg, Austria (2011); the Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea (2011); the Dalian International Conference Center in China (2012), the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark (2014), the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France (2014), the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2014) and the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) in Shenzhen, China (2016).
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); the Apartment and Office Building Schlachthausgasse(2005); and the Apartment Building ‘Liesing Brewery’ (2011).
Among the recent projects that COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is pursuing throughout the world are the House of Bread II in Asten, Austria (2017) and the Five Star Hotel Tower at the Dawang Mountain Resort, Changsha, China (2017). Additional projects in planning are the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, Baku, Azerbaijan, the 5th World, Russell Means Library, Porcupine, South Dakota, USA, as well as the ATMOS Selfness Resort.
- Rooftop Remodeling Falkestrasse, Vienna, Austria (1983–88)
- Academy of Fine Arts Munich (1992/2002-05)
- UFA-Cinema Center in Dresden (1993–98)
- Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (1993–94)
- The Media Pavilion at the 6th International Architecture Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia (1995)
- Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (1999-2001)
- Arteplage in Biel/Bienne from Swiss Expo.02
- BMW World (BMW Welt) Munich, Germany (2001–07)
- Akron Art Museum addition (2007)
- High School for the Visual and Performing Arts with HMC Architects (Los Angeles Area High School #9, California, USA) (2002–08)
- Dalian International Conference Center, Dalian, China (2008-2012)
- Busan Cinema Center, Busan, South Korea (2008–2011)
- Musikkens Hus in Aalborg, Denmark (2010-2014)
- The New European Central Bank in Frankfurt (2010-2014)
- Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France (completed 2014)
- Hotel - 55th Street & 8th Avenue, New York City (proposed)
- 2008 2008 RIBA European Award for BMW World
- 2005 American Architecture Awards
- 2004 Annie Spink Award for excellence in architectural education, RIBA, London, UK
- 2002 Gold Medal for merits to the federal state of Vienna, Austria
- 1992 Schelling Architecture Prize.
- Busan Cinema Center, Korea : BIFF Building, Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- List of projects: http://www.architravel.com/architravel/architects/coop-himmelblau/
- Official site
- Online profile of Coop Himmelb(l)au
- Interview with Wolf Prix (not working)
- Universität Für Angewandte Kunst Wien
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