One of my goals during my undergraduate studies was to do an internship at a large international architecture firm. I reached this goal in 2010. I was able to work for Vienna based architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au.
Coop Himmelb(l)au was founded in 1986. It’s an architecture firm primarily located in Vienna, Austria. The company was founded by Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky and Michael Holzer. It gained international acclaim alongside Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry with the 1988 exhibition “Deconstructivist Architecture” at MoMA.
Perhaps the coolest thing about Coop Himmelb(l)au is the fact they have their own style. They, together with a few other big-names, practically invented deconstructivism and they’re proud of it. And why wouldn’t they!
During the course of the internship I worked on several great projects. Believe me, it’s kinda special to work on skyscrapers worth over 200 million Euros.
According to Wikipedia, the architectural style of Deconstructivism is characterized by ideas of fragmentation. The finished visual appearance is characterized by a stimulating unpredictability and a controlled chaos. This is also true for one of the projects I was working on… controlled chaos.
Unfortunately I can’t share any information of the project I was working on, although I already wrote it’s a skyscraper. A soon as the project hits the website of Coop Himmelb(l)au, I’ll also post it here. In the mean time, I’ll share some photos of the beautiful city of Vienna.
The Austrian Parliament
The statue of Athena in front of the Austrian Parliament
View of the world famous Schönbrunn Palace
St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) at Stephansplatz
The Votive Church (Votivkirche)
Inside the Austrian Parliament
Inside the Wiener Musikverein
The ferris wheel (Riesenrad) at Prater park
‘Roman’ Ruin at Schönbrunn (erected in 1778)
View of the world famous Schönbrunn Palace during winter time
I didn’t include pictures of the Hofburg Palace, State Opera, The Johan Strauss Monument or St. Charles’s Church, to name a view. Maybe Vienna has too many monuments?!