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06.09.06 - 07.23.06 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Coop Himmelb(l)au: SKY-Arc

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SKY-Arc was an exhibition by the international architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au. Developed in 2005 as a commissioned Master Plan study for the open site adjacent to SCI-Arc, the SKY-Arc project is a strategy for a future urban development of a 24-hour residential and cultural district. The central object in this exhibition was a hologram of the SKY-Arc project model, glowing in red helium-neon laser light, floating in the middle of the darkened gallery. An avenue of black and white prints showing floor plans, sections and elevations of the SKY-Arc project, and 3D drawings, renderings and photographs accompanied the SKY-Arc model. A small monitor also presented an animation of the project. A video projection outside the gallery told the story of Coop Himmelb(l)au since its founding 35 years ago.

Coop Himmelb(l)au, founded by Wolf D. Prix and Helmut Swiczinsky in Vienna in 1968, works in architecture, urban planning, art, and design. Coop Himmelb(l)au has built museums, concert houses, research, administration and residential buildings throughout the world. Recent projects include the Akron Art Museum, Ohio; the High School for Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California; the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany; the Musée des Confluences in Lyons, France; and the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. In 2004, out of 300 entries, Coop Himmelb(l)au won the international competition for the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2005, the team was selected as the winner of the international competition for the Busan Cinema Complex in Busan, South Korea. The work of Coop Himmelb(l)au is part of the permanent collection of institutions including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and the Museum of Applied Arts/ Contemporary Art (MAK) in Vienna.