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PANEUM Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

08:00 - 17 October, 2017
PANEUM Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Markus Pillhofer
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Asten, Austria
  • Category

  • Design Principal

    Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Team

    Albara Arab, Martina Bighignoli, Daniel Bolojan, Donna Riedel, Benjamin Schmidt, Damian Witt, Denitsa Parleva, Risa Kagami
  • Area

    1850.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been

09:30 - 21 September, 2015
Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been, Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In It’s A Wonderful Life the film’s protagonist George Bailey, facing a crisis of faith, is visited by his guardian angel, and shown an alternate reality where he doesn’t exist. The experience gives meaning to George’s life, showing him his own importance to others. With the increasing scale of design competitions these days, architectural “could-have-beens” are piling up in record numbers, and just as George Bailey's sense of self was restored by seeing his alternate reality, hypothesizing about alternative outcomes in architecture is a chance to reflect on our current architectural moment.

Today marks the one-year-anniversary of the opening of Phase 3 of the High Line. While New Yorkers and urbanists the world over have lauded the success of this industrial-utility-turned-urban-oasis, the park and the slew of other urban improvements it has inspired almost happened very differently. Although we have come to know and love the High Line of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in the original ideas competition four finalists were chosen and the alternatives show stark contrasts in how things might have shaped up.

On this key date for one of the most crucial designs of this generation, we decided to look back at some of the most important competitions of the last century to see how things might have been different.

Joseph Marzella's second-place design for the Sydney Opera House. Image via The Daily Mail Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by Adolf Loos (left) and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz (right). Image via skyscraper.org Design for the High Line by Zaha Hadid Architects with Balmori Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and studio MDA. Image via University of Adelaide on Cargo Collective Moshe Safdie's design for the Centre Pompidou. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects + 16

Coop Himmelb(l)au Designs Anti-Surveillance Coat

00:00 - 6 July, 2014
Coop Himmelb(l)au Designs Anti-Surveillance Coat, © Markus Pillhofer
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The Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au has designed a wacky quilted coat that blocks electronic surveillance. With pockets to protect your collection of phones and tablets, the Jammer Coat was commissioned for the Workwear exhibition at the Triennale in Milan.

Culture Art Center Changsha / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 13 March, 2013
Courtesy of ISOCHROM.com, Vienna
Courtesy of ISOCHROM.com, Vienna

Coop Himmelb(l)au has come up with an incredibly unique design for the new Grand Theatre and International Culture & Art Center for Changsha, China. The site is located on the northeastern side of the newly created Changsha Meixi Lake in the Daheexi District, with the design engaging both land and water with a flowing and undulating white form of enormous scale. The architects hope to create a new cultural center that interacts with the existing natural landscape, not only visually, but scientifically by running on alternative energy sources and efficient passive energy systems to reduce environmental impact.

The architects' description after the break...

House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au

00:00 - 21 October, 2009
House of Music / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Markus Pillhofer
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Aalborg, Denmark
  • Category

  • Project Architect

    Marcelo Bernardi, Pete Rose
  • Design Architect

    Luzie Giencke
  • Design architect – interior

    Eva Wolf
  • CAD coordinator

    Ronny Böser
  • Project Team

    Benjamin Schmidt, Philip Wilck, Ariane Marx, Markus Baumann, Ivana Jug, Anna Wasserthal, Talya Kozminsky, Blaine Lepp, Robin Heather, Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Stephanie Neufeld, Tyler Bornstein, Elisabeth Keane
  • 3D Visualization

    Armin Hess/ Isochrom, Vienna Silkroad, Beijing, China Jens Mehlan, Jörg Hugo
  • Competition Team

    Karolin Schmidbaur, Michael Volk Ian Collins, Joseph Chang, Gavin Farley, Sophie Grell, Georg Kolmayr, James Lowder, Eric Young, Jorge Avila, Jesse Blankenship, Rodrigo Chávez, Catherine Garrison, Sergio Gonzalez, Debi VanZyl
  • Design Principal/ CEO

    Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner

    Michael Volk
  • Local Architects

    Friis & Moltke, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Landscape Architect

    Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, Helsingør, Denmark
  • Structural Engineering

    Rambøll, Aalborg, Denmark B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Fire

    Nirás, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Acoustical and Theater Consultant

    Artec Consultants Inc, New York, USA
  • Gross Area

    17,744 m²
  • Competition (1st prize)

    2003
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs