Coop Himmelb(l)au

BMW Welt in Munich
UFA-Palast in Dresden
Gasometer in Vienna
Arteplage in Biel/Bienne from Expo.02

Coop Himmelb(l)au (est. 1968) is a cooperative architectural design firm primarily located in Vienna, Austria and which now also maintains offices in Los Angeles, United States and Guadalajara, Mexico. In German, "coop" has a similar meaning to the English "co-op." "Himmel" means sky or heaven in German, and "blau" means "blue" while "bau" means "building." So, the name can be interpreted as "Blue Heaven Cooperative" or "Sky Building Cooperative"

Coop Himmelblau was founded by Wolf Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky and Michael Holzer and gained international acclaim alongside Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry with the 1988 exhibition, "Deconstructivist Architecture" at the Museum of Modern Art. Their work ranges from commercial buildings to residential projects.


Selected projects

  • The European Central Bank in Frankfurt (Under construction)
  • Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France (Under construction)
  • Hotel - 55th Street & 8th Avenue, New York City (proposed)
  • Busan Cinema Center, Busan, South Korea (2008–2011)[1]
  • Akron Art Museum addition (2007)
  • High School for the Visual and Performing Arts with HMC Architects (Los Angeles Area High School #9, California, USA) (2002–2008)
  • BMW World (BMW Welt) Munich, Germany (2001–2007)
  • Great Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt (2002–2003)
  • Arteplage in Biel/Bienne from Swiss Expo.02
  • The Media Pavilion at the 6th International Architecture Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia (1995)
  • UFA-Cinema Center in Dresden (1993–98)
  • Groninger Museum, Groningen (city), Netherlands (1993–1994)
  • Academy of Fine Arts Munich (1992/2002-2005)
  • Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (1999-2001)


  • 2008 RIBA European Award for BMW World
  • American Architecture Awards 2005
  • Annie Spink Award for excellence in architectural education, RIBA, London, UK, 2004
  • Gold Medal for merits to the federal state of Vienna, Austria 2002

See also


  1. ^ Busan Cinema Center, Korea : BIFF Building, Retrieved September 30, 2011.

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