The leading architect of Coop Himmelb(l)au Markus Prossnigg will be one of the key speakers of the Forth International Facade Conference, organized by ETEM on October 21st 2017.
The name of Markus Prossnigg is a synonym of ultra-modern architecture and is connected with some of the largest projects in France and China. He is the architect behind the unique Musee de confluences in Lyon, France, which opened in 2014. The Museum for futuristic architecture combines two architectural units in a sophisticated way and built on a massive foundation – the units are called Crystal and Cloud. Real urban forum, the Crystal stands at the north entrance, on the town side. With a 40 m high glass roof, it is the place where people meet and exchange. The crystalline nature comes from its construction: large glass panels are fitted in steel frames assembled in a way to give a reflective aspect to the different folded surfaces.
By contrast with its form and diversity of materials, the Cloud represents the knowledge of the future. This huge spatial vessel floating on pillars is covered with a stainless steel metallic skin with catching all the shades of the sky and the town, water and greenery. In its depths are situated ten exhibition rooms on three levels.
Markus Prossnigg is currently directing the construction of the Chinese projects Museum for Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) in Shenzhen and Dawang Mountain Resort in Changsha.
Ice World and 5 Star Hotel Star is with the perfect symbiosis of architecture and the surrounding landscape. The project combines an Entertainment Ice World with an Indoor Ski Slope, a Water Park and supporting restaurant and shopping facilities with a total gross floor area of 120,000 m². The building volume is integrated into a beautiful landscape scenery and positioned directly on top of a historical cement mining quarry pit and lake. In the design solution towards the South and East, the existing quarry pit is revealed and the sculpted shell of the Snow and Ice World spans 170 meters from cliff to cliff over a sunken and hanging garden creating a new functional leisure space of islands, water, cliffside pathways and ramps connecting the building to this natural heritage.
Projects of this magnitude are extremely challenging and the presence of Markus Prossnigg promises to add extra value to the ETEM’s Facade Conference. The audience of the professional forum will have the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the conceptual ideas and realized projects of the famous architect.
Among the emblematic projects of the Coop Himmelb(l)au is also the BMW Welt - the multifunctional BMW Group exhibition center, which is used for meetings with clients and promotional events, and buyers accept the delivery of BMW cars.
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