Deconstructionist architecture falls under contemporary structural expressions and it was developed to oppose the order and clean-cut lines of modernism. As such, the movement emphasizes unexpected architectural interventions that may even appeal to surrealism and the avant-garde. Coop Himmelb(l)au is an Austrian practice that designed a rooftop extension that falls under the deconstructionist architecture movement.
Located in Vienna, the rooftop extension for law firm Schuppich, Sporn, Winischhofer's office adds another 90 square meters of meeting rooms, several small offices, and a reception area. The rooftop, however, also captures the attention of passersby because of its unconventional form. Coop Himmelb(l)au used glass and steel to create the angular extension which certainly has a dramatic presence. The project, as well as the studio, got a fair amount of publicity because it was a moment of proof that "thee radical schemes could actually be built."
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Coop Himmelb(l)au Embraces Deconstructionist Architecture
1. Deconstructionist Architecture - Opportunity to further explore the use of unexpected architectural interventions and unconventional designs.
2. Rooftop Extensions - Opportunity to extend building space vertically and utilize rooftops in a more creative and functional way.
3. Dramatic Presence - Opportunity to create buildings and structures that capture attention and interest through unconventional and striking designs.
1. Architecture - Opportunity to embrace deconstructionist architecture and create more unconventional and dramatic structures.
2. Real Estate - Opportunity to utilize rooftops for functional and creative spaces that add value and interest to buildings.
3. Construction - Opportunity to explore new materials and techniques to achieve unconventional designs and make radical schemes a reality.