Coop Himmelb(l)au: Sketches
The 100 – words statement
“We trust ourselves to be able to think up” Open Architecture? relevant to present times, at any time for any place. Because, we think of our architecture as part of the coming decade and perhaps, as art of the coming millennium; as art which reflects and give a mirror image of the variety and vivacity, tension and complexity of our cities.
Our concept of the design describes an approach to the explosive nucleus of the tension-charged area of complexity. This concept leads us up to an explosive moment of designing. That excludes everything which impedes an opening of architecture.
Pressures inherent to the situation, clichés, codes, rules and regulations do not exist at the moment of design. The necessary rationalization and structuring of the architecture thus designed follow after, only in the next step.”