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High school #9

Coop Himmelb(l)au

The Viennese practice Coop Himmelb(l)au - in particular its charismatic founding partner, Wolf Prix - has long been enamored with Los Angeles. From the legendary Open House proposed for Malibu in the mid-1980s to art installations at the city’s most important museums, to teaching studios at SCI-Arc and UCLA, both progressive architecture schools,
Himmelb(l)au thrives on the energy, climate and experimental culture of the sprawling Californian metropolis. Yet, despite maintaining a presence in Los Angeles for almost a quarter century and having excellent fraternal alliances within the LA art and architecture scene, it is only now, with High School #9, that Himmelb(l)au has achieved a significant building in this often fickle City of Angels.
The site is on Grand Avenue, an important axis linking Bunker Hill (a residential neighborhood scalped and replaced some decades ago by...

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