May 5, 2006
by Canadian Architect
The SCI-Arc Gallery is hosting this exhibition by the international architecture firm COOP HIMMELB(L)AU from June 9-July 23, 2006. Developed in 2005 as a commissioned Master Plan study for the open site adjacent to SCI-Arc, SKY-Arc project is a strategy for future urban development of a 24-hour residential and cultural district. The central object in this exhibition is a holograph of the SKY-Arc project model, glowing in red helium-neon laser light, floating in the middle of the darkened gallery. An avenue of black and white prints showing floor plans, sectionand elevations of the SKY-Arc project, and three-dimensional drawings, renderings and photographs will accompany the SKY-Arc model. A small monitor will also present an animation of the project. A video projection outside the gallery will tell the story of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU since its founding 35 years ago.
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, founded by Wolf D. Prix and Helmut Swiczinsky in Vienna in 1968, works in architecture, urban planning, art and design. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has built museums, concert houses, research, administration and residential buildings throughout the world. Recent projects include the Akron Art Museum, Ohio; the High School for Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California; the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany; The Muse des Confluences in Lyons, France; and the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. In 2004, out of 300 entries, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU won the international competition for the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2005, the team was selected as the winner of the international competition for the Busan Cinema Complex in Busan South Korea. The work of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is part of the permanent collection of institutions including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK) in Vienna.