Office Extension in Vienna
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Architect Coop Himmelblau
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Location Vienna, Austria   map
Date 1988 to 1989   timeline
Building Type law offices
 Construction System metal and glass
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Deconstructivist
Notes Radical crash of framework draping over edge of older building.








Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Office Extension in Vienna Commentary

"The context is not defined here by proportion, material or color; in this project the context is the relation between street and roof. Hence the inverted streak of lightning, which represents the line of energy that arches over the roof and tears it open....The task is easy to describe: 400 square meters of roof space were to be converted into an office, the main element being a central conference-room. One of our strategies was to plan and build the two side of the building. The two galleries—like balconies—one facing in, the other out, and separated by a glass wall and glass door—exemplify the concept of interplay between interior and exterior. A flight of stairs leads from the foyer up to the roof a garden, which also gives access to the conference-room."

— from Peter Noever, ed. Architecture in Transition: Between Deconstruction and New Modernism. p23-24.

The Creator's Words

"You can judge just how bad the '70's were by looking at the period's super-tense architecture. Opinion polls and a complacent democracy live behind Biedermeier facades. But we don't want to build Biedermeier. Not now, and at no other time. We are tired of seeing Palladio and other historical masks, because we don't want architecture to exclude everything that is disquieting. We want architecture to have more; we want architecture that bleeds, that exhausts, that revolves, and even breaks; architecture that burns, that stings, that rips, that tears under stress. Architecture should be cavernous, fiery, smooth, hard, angular, alluring, repelling, wet, dry, throbbing. Alive or dead. Cold: then cold as a block of ice. Hot: then hot as a blazing wing."

(Architecture Must Blaze, 1980)

— Coop Himmelblau. from Peter Cook and Rosie Llewellyn-Jones. New Spirit in Architecture. p36-38.

Sources on Office Extension in Vienna

Marisa Cerruti, ed. "Selearchitettura", L'Architettura. January 1990, Vol XXXVI Number I. p43. drawing of plan with section, p43. drawing of structural axonometric, p43.

Peter Cook and Rosie Llewellyn-Jones. New Spirit in Architecture. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991. NA 680 .C65 1991. ISBN 0-8478-1263-4. LC 90-8398. p36-38.

Peter Noever, ed. Architecture in Transition: Between Deconstruction and New Modernism. Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1991. NA 682 .D43 A73 1991. ISBN 3-7913-1136-0. p23-25.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior, interior photos, p405. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Office Extension in Vienna


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