Over 3,000 people attended the Sticks and Stones exhibition opening at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin yesterday evening.
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A review of the 'Sticks and Stones' exhibition by Bernhard Schulz.
The public opening event for this long-awaited exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin will take place on 1 October at 20:00.
The exhibition uses 144 spruce trunks, each just over 8 meters in length and weighing between half a tonne and a tonne, with diameters between 30cm and 50cm. They are fixed in position at the ceiling with brackets and rest on plates, evenly distributing their weight. The brackets are accommodated within the grid of the ceiling, using perforations which Mies van der Rohe originally intended as anchor points for hanging artworks.
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The exhibition will run from 2 October to 31 December.
Photo ©Ute Zscharnt
This is the last exhibition (opening to the public 2 October - 31 December) prior the renovation of Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, which will be carried out by David Chipperfield Architects at the start of 2015. For three months, from October to December 2014, the upper pavilion will be transformed into a hypostyle hall featuring 144 tree trunks.
The barked spruce trunks are arranged in a dense grid stretching the eight metres from the granite flooring to the steel roof structure. Between nature and architecture, the field embraces the long cultural history of the column. Against the backdrop of the immanent restoration of Neue Nationalgalerie, the forest of columns also pays homage to Mies van der Rohe and serves as a metaphor for a temporary construction site.
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A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place in Seoul for the Amorepacific headquarters.
Following an international competition in 2010, the Berlin office has been appointed to build a new headquarters for Korea's largest cosmetics company in a highly diverse urban and architectural context in central Seoul. The building will house offices, a conference area, a large auditorium, a museum, restaurants and retail facilities.
The Valentino Flagship Store on New York’s Fifth Avenue has opened to the public.
The design follows the new store concept developed together with Valentino’s Creative Directors in 2012, and already applied to various boutiques around the world.
Located in the former Takashimaya Department store designed by John Burgee and Philip Johnson, the store is fronted by an eight storey façade composed of black steel and aluminium. The monumental atrium, lined in terrazzo, features a prominent monolithic stair.
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David Chipperfield will deliver a keynote speech on ‘New Cities’ at a Handelsverband Deutschland (German Retail Association) conference at Soho House in Berlin on 22 September.
The event will kick off a programme entitled “Denken und Handeln” (“Thoughts on Commerce”) which will address the economic, social and environmental challenges ahead for cities, and the role retailers and commerce can play in their future development. The Association aims to foster an in-depth, long-term dialogue between politicians, businesses, cities, and municipalities.
Following the speech, David Chipperfield will participate in a panel discussion with Stefan Genth (CEO of Handelsverband Deutschland), Timm Homann (CEO of Otto group), moderated by Hans Jürgen Jakobs (Editor of the Business newspaper Handelsblatt).
The Akasha Spa at Hotel Café Royal has been shortlisted for a 2014 ELLE Decoration British Design Award in the Best British Interior category.
A public vote will run until 29 September. The winner of each of the 7 award categories will be announced in the Elle Decoration December issue.
Place your vote at elledecoration.co.uk
Image ©Hotel Cafe Royal
Colville Towers, a residential project located on the Colville Estate next to Shoreditch Park in Hackney, East London, has received planning permission.
Following a competition in 2012, The Hackney Council Estate Regeneration Team selected David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Karakusevic Carson Architects to prepare a design for two towers. The project is part of the Hackney Council Estate Regeneration Team’s programme of redevelopment across the borough.
The two towers (16 and 20 storeys respectively) contain 198 apartments intended for private sale to help fund the redevelopment of the estate as a whole and the provision of 438 affordable homes. Hackney Council are now looking for a developer to carry out the scheme.
David Chipperfield has been appointed Artistic Director of the Italian furnishings firm by the Astori family and Driade’s new Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Core.
As Artistic Director, David Chipperfield will continue the development of the brand’s values and activities, and will oversee the careful merging of past and future. His appointment coincides with the reopening of the Driade Showroom in Milan at the end of October.
One Pancras Square has won the 2014 New London Architecture Award for the office building category. The building is located on the south side of the King’s Cross mixed-use redevelopment and was completed in November 2013. The project has also recently been lauded for its sustainability credentials as the first speculative office development to have achieved BREEAM 2011 New Construction rating 'Outstanding'.
This award is given to the Neues Museum by the Federal Chamber of Engineers for outstanding works of architectural engineering in the Federal Republic of Germany. The Neues Museum is described as the highlight of the World Heritage Site, Museum Island Berlin and the cradle of Prussian construction marked by industrialisation. This award also celebrates the achievements of the structural engineers involved in the project from the company Ingenieurgruppe Bauen, who together with David Chipperfield Architects developed individual verification methods and careful reinforcement measures.
One Pancras Square, described by Felix Mara in the Architects’ Journal as a ‘moment of pure tectonic ecstasy’, has received a further RIBA award - a National Award in the Workplace category.
The winners for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards were published today in the Architects’ Journal. The campus on Joachimstraße was described by Tom Ravenscroft as ‘remarkable and discreet’, and ‘a thorough exploration of minimal design that results in comfortable, well-lit interiors linked by an active social outdoor space.’
Image © Simon Menges
The Colville Towers residential project (in collaboration with Karakusevic Carson Architects), the Canada Water masterplan (in collaboration with Maccreanor Lavington Architects), the hotel Café Royal (in collaboration with Donald Insall Associates) and the One Pancras Square office building have all been shortlisted for the New London Awards 2014.
Final winners and commended schemes will be announced at the NLA Annual Lunch, at the Guildhall on Wednesday 9 July.
Joachimstraße 11 featured in the June edition of Detail magazine.
Selfridges has announced the appointment of David Chipperfield Architects London for the transformation of its flagship store in central London - an iconic neoclassical building on Oxford Street.
Image © Andrew Meredith
David Chipperfield Architects (Shanghai) Ltd. has opened as an independent studio within the David Chipperfield Architects group joining London (founded in 1985), Berlin (founded in 1998) and Milan (founded in 2006). David Chipperfield Architects has had a permanent presence in Shanghai since 2005 with a representative office completing a number of projects including the Liangzhu Museum in Liangzhu Cultural Village, the Rockbund Project and Art Museum in Shanghai, the Ninetree Village residential project in Hangzhou, and an office building on Moganshan Road also in Hangzhou.
DCA Shanghai is located in a converted warehouse in the heart of the former French Concession of the Huangpu district. Projects in design development in Shanghai comprise a new build bookstore next to Xujiahui Cathedral, a museum on the South Bund and residential courtyard houses in Hongquiao. The studio is also currently working on a 140-metre residential tower in Taiwan.
Together with David Chipperfield, the founding partners of DCA Shanghai are Mark Randel and Libin Chen.
Cy Twombly Paradise
5 June -12 October
The first exhibition in Latin America of the post-war American artist Cy Twombly (1928-2011) opens at Museo Jumex on Thursday 5 June.
Curated by Julie Sylvester and Philip Larratt-Smith, the exhibition is a landmark comprehensive survey of Twombly’s work, presenting an original perspective on the mysteries and revelations of his art. ‘Paradise’ features loans from the Cy Twombly Foundation, Colección Jumex, the Broad Art Foundation, The Menil Collection, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and several private collections.
Discussion between Hans Kolhoff and David Chipperfield, moderated by Peter Wilson, to mark the occasion of Julia B. Bolles-Wilson’s retirement as dean of Münster School of Architecture.
Valentino flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City is due to open in August.
Watch this space!
Exhibition 'Mondrian and Colour' opens at Turner Contemporary following Piet Mondrian’s journey to abstraction through colour, with over 50 works.
Following the press conference, Stefan Strauß writes about the ‘range, variety and tradition’ of the Bötzow Brewery project.
Bötzow Brewery masterplan press conference in Berlin
David Chipperfield, Christoph Felger and Harald Müller, together with client Ottobock’s CEO Professor Hans Georg Näder, have presented the masterplan for Bötzow Brewery to Mayor Klaus Wowereit and the city of Berlin.
The medical technology company intends to continue the tradition of the site’s former owner, Julius Bötzow, by combining entrepreneurship with leisure, and creating a new public location within walking distance of Alexanderplatz.
Image © Bötzow Berlin
Both The Hepworth Wakefield and Turner Contemporary have been shortlisted for a special award to celebrate the best National Lottery funded projects in the last 20 years of its existence.
A Facebook vote is running until midnight on 27 May for one of the 12 competing projects to earn the ‘National Treasure’ title.
The winner will be announced during the National Lottery's 20th Anniversary celebrations later this year.
Turner Contemporary has recieved more than one million visitors since opening in 2011, and surveys show that 67% of all visitors during the past two years went to Margate specifically to see the gallery. The Hepworth Wakefield, which attracted its millionth visitor in December 2013, celebrates its third anniversary on 21 May.
Images © Simon Menges
‘It is not often that an office block can be said to have made London a more richly particular city, but [One Pancras Square] has.’ writes the AJ’s new critic-at-large Ellis Woodman.
Edwin Heathcote on Museo Jumex and how this new public home for a private contemporary art collection in Mexico City ‘stakes a claim in the neighbourhood…by advertising its accessibility’.
Candida Höfer. Images of Architecture
9 May – 27 July 2014
Candida Höfer has curated a selection of her large-format prints of classic and contemporary architecture, including her iconic image of the Neues Museum staircase, for a photography exhibition at The Bisazza Foundation for Design and Contemporary Architecture in Vicenza.
Image © DesignBoom
The design team for the office building One Pancras Square have collected a North London Regional Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at a ceremony in London.
It was also announced that One Pancras Square was one of only four projects shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA Sustainability Award. The project is the first speculative office development to have achieved BREEAM 2011 New Construction rating 'Outstanding' - a demonstration of the unique commitment from the client and the project team.
Interview with Johanna Adorján for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Feature article ‘King of Great Projects’ by Stefania Cubello in L’Uomo Vogue.
‘’We are confronted with a society that is full of contradictions. We are aware of the fact that for the sake of our planet, we should consume less, on the other hand, however, our economy is based on consumerism encouraging us to consume more …’ DC
David Chipperfield has joined the board of Sir John Soane's Museum as a trustee along with the art dealer Katrin Bellinger. He joins as a representative trustee of the Royal Academy; Bellinger as a representative trustee of the Royal Society of Arts.
'I am very excited to join the board of trustees and to contribute to the culture of Sir John Soane’s Museum, not only in its role as an extraordinary museum but also as a place of idea and programme.' DC
Image: Sectional Perspective of Sir John Soane’s Museum London by George Bailey
'For the first time in its 113-year history, the Nobel Prize Ceremony is to have its own home' writes Edwin Heathcote in the Financial Times.
David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has won the competition for the design of the Nobel Center – ‘Nobelhuset’ in Stockholm.
'We are extremely excited and honoured to have been selected to be the architects for the Nobel Center. We look forward to working together to develop a building that reflects both the values of the Nobel Prize and the high expectations of the citizens of Stockholm.' DC
In cooperation with the London School of Economics Cities project Theatrum Mundi and dctp (Development Company for Television Program), the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Alfred Herrhausen society hosted the event 'City, Religion, Capitalism. Turning Points for Civilization' in Berlin 3 - 5 April 2014.
The event featured the premiere of a three-part series of films by Alexander Kluge on the three concepts ‘essential to an understanding of contemporary societies’.
Following the first screening, David Chipperfield joined Professor Richard Sennett (London School of Economics & New York University), the filmmaker Alexander Kluge, Bernd M. Scherer (Director Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and Thomas Matussek (CEO of Alfred Herrhausen Society) for a public panel discussion on ‘The Principle of the City’.
David Chipperfield and Professor Richard Sennett also conducted a workshop on the topic with a group of early career scholars.
Image © Stephanie Pilick, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
David Chipperfield has issued a rallying call to the profession to support the Architects' Journal (AJ) and The Observer’s joint campaign to stop poorly designed towers ruining London’s skyline.
‘Everybody should support this campaign. It’s simply saying that there should be a more co-ordinated planning system in London. Backing it is like voting for good weather. I don’t think anybody, including developers, enjoys the current [planning] conditions.' DC
The London Skyline campaign was launched on 29 March in a statement to The Observer signed by public figures. It was devised by architecture critic Rowan Moore with architect Barbara Weiss and the AJ.
Marco Biagi reviews Museo Jumex for the April edition of Casabella.
‘[Museo Jumex] relies on the physical and evocative virtues of stone…in order to communicate and substantiate its “diversity” from the background.’ Marco Biagi
David Chipperfield Architects hosted an evening event at One Pancras Square to celebrate the building's opening.
Together with the neighbouring listed German Gymnasium, this new freestanding speculative office building forms the southern tip of Argent’s King’s Cross development, addressing the public area between the transport hubs of Kings Cross and St Pancras International with a prominent south-facing front.
'When did we decide beautiful cities were a thing of the past?'
Saturday Letters, The Guardian, 22 March 2014
Museo Jumex has been nominated for the 2014 Design Museum Designs of the Year Awards - a celebration of the best in design over the past 12 months.
A large scale model is on display at the Design Museum 26 March - 25 August 2014.
Image © Luke Hayes
David Chipperfield Architects is one of the six practices shortlisted for the competition to create a new project in the spirit of architect Joseph Paxton’s original Crystal Palace building in south London.
Originally completed in 1851 for the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, Joseph Paxton’s extended and relocated Crystal Palace was the largest glass structure in the world before being destroyed by a fire in 1936.
The first dedicated menswear store has opened at 273 Rue Saint Honoré in Paris - part of the expansion Valentino's menswear business and a further development of the general new store concept in the collaboration with the fashion house.
Image © Santi Caleca
Jürgen Tietz reviews the new David Chipperfield Architects Berlin campus.
Flora Samuel, Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, joins David Chipperfield and presenter Matthew Parris to unpick the life of Le Corbusier for BBC Radio 4.
First broadcast on 31 December 2013.
'Given time and careful curation, Jumex is a name that one day might sit beside Getty, Barnes and even Tate.' says David Usborne
Architects must accept that they are trapped in history - and that's part of the richness of culture, says the Brit whose buildings have caused a stir in Germany.
'It is better to be fond of architecture than amazed by it.' DC
Following a lecture on museums at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, David Chipperfield was joined by its newly-appointed director Okwui Enwezor for a public discussion.
David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has been appointed for the renovation of the building after a two-phased bidding procedure.
Opened in 1937 as the first representative building of the “Third Reich”, it is one of the most iconic and controversial landmarks in Munich. Since the late 1940s Haus der Kunst has steadily developed into an internationally renowned exhibition venue for contemporary art.
In Mexico City, a series of previews, panel discussions and parties took place to celebrate the opening of the contemporary art space ‘Museo Jumex’. The museum was commissioned by Eugenio López, a long-time art collector and heir to the Jumex juice company, to house his foundation’s collection. The building opened with A Place in Two Dimensions, an exhibition curated by Patrick Charpenel, on the top floor and a futher exhibition on James Lee Byars on the second floor titled ½ An Autobiography.
The launch of the new monograph was celebrated at the practice's 12th floor offices in London with the first '12th floor talk' – a panel discussion between Alison Brooks, David Chipperfield and Peter St John, and chaired by Ricky Burdett.
The audience enjoyed a lively discussion and Q&A session exploring points related to the nature of London’s rapid growth, and the forces that shape its form and concept.
Kunsthaus Zurich and other museum projects were presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris by David Chipperfield.
The lecture formed part of the Centre culturel suisse de Paris conference series on the new architecture of Swiss museums and was hosted in partnership with L' Architecture d'Aujourd'hui.
Established in 1989, the Praemium Imperiale is a global arts award given annually by the Japan Art Association in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts. Laureates are chosen in five fields: painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film.
David Chipperfield was presented the award by HIH Prince Hitachi, brother of Emperor Akihito, at a ceremony in Tokyo on 16 October 2013.
The other laureates for the 2013 edition of the award are the Italian Arte Povera painter Michelangelo Pistoletto; British sculptor Antony Gormley; Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo and American film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola.
The Japan Art Association was founded in 1879 by the Emperor Meiji in order to revive and promote Japanese art and culture. Subsequent governors of the Association have all been members of the Japanese Imperial Family.
Image ©Sankei Shimbun/Japan Art Association