On the occasion of Prof. Wolf D. Prix’s 70th birthday, the Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin is devoting an exhibition to COOP HIMMELB(L)AU entitled "Wolf D. Prix & Partner: 7+ Projects, Models, Plans, Sketches, Statements" from 13 December 2012 to 24 January 2013.
The magical number 7 has been integrated into the exhibition concept in a variety of ways. This show, which opens just one day before the 70th birthday of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU founder Wolf D Prix, begins with a backward glance at the founding year of 1968 and the theoretical roots of this architectural partnership.
The exhibition then proceeds with a detailed presentation of 7 buildings chosen by Wolf Prix, each from a different decade, and each with special significance for his oeuvre as a whole, before concluding with a foretaste of future projects. On the basis of a range of media, the exhibition provides a retrospective of more than 40 years of continuous architectural practice, joined by a highly personal forecast of the studio's future.
In the gallery of Aedes, the focus is on 7 different projects which made substantial contributions to the studio’s development and to its architecture. From the world-renowned "Cloud" project which launched the COOP HIMMELB(L)AU story, to the Dalian International Conference Center, and finally to the new building for the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, these 7 projects are presented to viewers via large-scale models, sketches, construction plans, and computer animations. The multifarious character of these materials on the 7projects provides insight into the design process and DNA of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.
Location: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Exhibition dates: December 12, 2012 – January 24, 2013
Opening: Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 7.00 PM
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 AM – 6:30 PM, Sat/Sun, 1 – 5 PM
1. Dalian International Conference Center, Dalian, China © COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
2. Busan Cinema Center/ Busan International Film Festival, Busan, South Korea © Duccio Malagamba
3. Martin Luther Church Hainburg, Austria © Duccio Malagamba