This summer Coop Himmelb(l)au recieved two awards for two different buildings in Europe. The Dedalo Minosse International Prize was awarded for the firm’s design of BMW Welt in Munich on June 24, 2011 in Vicenza, Italy. According to the president of the Italian Association ALA, Bruno Gabbiani, who presented the award, the prize boosts “the quality of architecture looking at final result, analysing and focusing on project and constructive plan process and giving special attention to people who determine the success of the work: the architect and the client”. The awarded works, with Coop Himmelb(l)au among them, will be presented at the CISA, Cento Studi di Architecttura Palladio in Vicenza until September 18, 2011. Read more on this project here: BMW Welt / Coop Himmelb(l)au
The firm was also awarded the Red Dot Design Award for High School #9 in Los Angeles, California. The awards ceremony was held on July 4, 2011 in Essen, Germany for the high quality design. The design will then be put on public display in the exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2011″ in the red dot design museum at the world heritage site of the Zeche Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen.
Both projects express the range of work that the firm has engaged in since its foundation in 1968. Coop Himmelb(l)au, which can be interpreted to mean “Sky Building Cooperative” or “Blue Heaven Cooperative”, gained international acclaim with an exhibition of “Deconstructivist Architecture” by MOMA, alongside Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid.