COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was founded by Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky, and Michael Holzer in Vienna, Austria, in 1968, and is active in architecture, urban planning, design, and art. In 1988, a second studio was opened in Los Angeles, USA. Further project offices are located in Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU employs currently 150 team members from nineteen nations.
Over the course of the past four decades, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has received numerous international awards. Recognized as seminal for the architecture of the future and its works have continually been the subject of international exhibitions.
Among the recent projects that COOP HIMMELB(L)AU is pursuing throughout the world are the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France (2014); the Dalian International Conference Center in China (2012); the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark (2013); and the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2014). Additional projects in planning are the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China (2014); the Expansion of the Fair and Multifunctional Hall in Riva del Garda, Italy (2014); the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, Baku Azerbaijan (2014) as well as The Open Parliament of Albania in Tirana, Albania.