Coop Himmelb(l)au

New Urban Entertainment Center

Coop Himmelb(l)au New Urban Entertainment Center

source:floornatureeu
In recent studies researchers have established a shift in our society from one based on information and communication to a society based on an increasing intensity of knowledge.
The development, production and distribution of goods and services have become more and more based on knowledge. This trend results in an increased demand for highly qualified individuals and an increased importance of knowledge management in businesses. The flow of knowledge therefore becomes crucial in determining the performance of a society.
The design proposal for the JVC Entertainment and Commercial Center redefines entertainment from a place of mere consumption to a place of intellectual discourse.
This “marketplace of the future” combines well known forms of entertainment and commerce with new facilities based on the production and exchange of knowledge.
In this process the health of body and mind is seen as crucial and results in the proposal of facilities for physical and mental well being. The proposed program elements therefore consist of cinemas, exclusive restaurants, bars and clubs, shops, a fitness and pool area, offices for the research and development of technology and the space of knowledge.
This animated exhibition space will display information on recent technological innovations.
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source:designboomcom
designed to be both an exhibition and spatial experience, the austrian museum of art (mak) in vienna will be presenting ‘coop himmelb(l)au – beyond the blue’ beginning on december 11, 2007 until may 11, 2008. the exhibition will center around a special installation developed for the mak by coop himmelb(l)au. the piece is an oversized model table featuring 170 architectural models from over 80 of the studio’s international products. surrounding the central installation will be a number of works from the studio, unrealized, finished and in progress. the entire exhibit will showcase the architecture studio’s unique work that pushes the boundaries of space. a 190 page exhibition catalogue will accompany the show.
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source:artbookcom
Coop Himmelb(l)au was founded in 1968 in Vienna, Austria, by Wolf D. Prix and Helmut Swiczinsky, and has been working steadily since in the fields of architecture, urbanism, design and art. Among the architectural projects that have helped to develop the firm’s international reputation are the roof extension on Falkestrasse in Vienna and the UFA cinemas in Dresden. Its most recent undertakings include the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt/Main, the JVC New Urban Entertainment Center in Guadalajara, Mexico, and a crop of new buildings in China. Those currently under construction include the Akron Art Museum in Ohio and the BMW entertainment center in Munich. Texts play a prominent role in the creativity of this distinguished pair of architects, and Get Off of My Cloud brings together a representative selection of their writings: plans, aphorisms, interviews, statements, critiques, speeches and lectures. The collection offers unequaled insights into the theoretical and artistic content of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s extensive oeuvre.