The Architect

Musikkens Hus (House of Music) is designed by the Austrian architectural firm, Coop Himmelb(l)au. For more than four decades, their forward-looking and sculptural designs have made the global architectonic landscape more interesting.

Coop Himmelb(l)au with Professor Wolf D. Prix in the lead were selected to design Musikkens Hus in North Denmark after the project had been put to international tender. 

About Coop Himmelb(l)au

Coop Himmelb(l)au was founded in 1968 in Vienna by three architects: Austrian Wolf D. Prix and Michael Holzer together with Polish Helmut Swiczinsky. Since then, the drawing office has focussed on architecture, city planning, design and art, and has won numerous international awards for their work.

Coop Himmelb(l)au is headquartered in Vienna and has satellite drawing offices in i.a. Los Angeles, Frankfurt and Lyon. 

Examples of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s architecture

  • The European Central Bank (expected completion in 2014)
  • BMW Welt in Munich. Buildings
  • High School no. 9 for the Performing and Visual Arts in Los Angeles
  • Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France
  • Busan Cinema Center in South Korea

Coop Himmelb(l)au receives new acknowledgements

The internationally renowned architectural firm has been honoured with many awards and official acknowledgements.

Among the most recent ones are two awards that Coop Himmelb(l)au received in the summer of 2012 for their architectural solutions for BMW Welt in Munich and the Central Los Angeles Area High School, respectively.

BMW Welt is BMW’s new museum in Munich and Coop Himmelb(l)au was presented with the “Dedalo Minosse International Prize” at a ceremony in Vicenza, Italy in June. The award represents “the quality of architecture looking at the final result, analysing and focussing on the project and construction plan process, paying special attention to the people who determine the success of the work: the architect and the client, supported by the project executors (the building firms) and the public administration”. The prize has been awarded since 1997.

The Central Los Angeles Area High School no. 9 focuses on dance, music and theatre, and in July, Coop Himmelb(l)au was presented with the “Red Dot Design Award” in Essen, Germany. The award is given simply for “high design quality”. It was first awarded to a project in 1955, and the Red Dot Design Award is regarded one of the most prestigious awards within architecture and design.