Day 249/365 of Steel – Wolf Dieter Prix

Wolf Dieter Prix is an Austrian architect. In 1968 he co-founded the architects’ cooperative Coop Himmelb(l)au, which has an international reputation as an important representative of deconstructivism.

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE)
FIg 1: Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE)
Photo: © Duccio Malagamba

They garnered international fame in 1988 along with Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind through the Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Wolf Prix studied at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association in London and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, USA.

The Musée des Confluences, Lyon
FIg 2: The Musée des Confluences, Lyon
Photo: © Duccio Malagamba

World-renowned institutions such as the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (MAK) and the Centre Pompidou show works by Coop Himmelb(l)au in their permanent exhibitions. In 1996, Coop Himmelb(l)au was invited to represent Austria at the 6th International Venice Biennale.

European Central Bank
Fig 3: European Central Bank
Photo: © European Central Bank / Robert Metsch

The office designed prestigious projects such as the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, BMW Welt in Munich, the New European Central Bank in Frankfurt and the Guangzhou Opera House. 

House of Music
Fig 4: House of Music
Photo: © Martin Schubert

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