Following an invitation from the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, David Chipperfield and Olafur Eliasson will present the Morland project to the public on 2 May at 19:00 in Paris. The event will take place at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal.


Following a three-phase competitive process, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin and Paris-based developer Emerige, won the Call for Projects to redevelop the ‘Boulevard Morland’ site in the 4th arrondissement of Paris at the beginning of this year.


At the beginning of this week, Stockholm City Council approved the detailed local plan for the Nobel Center designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin. Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, described the result as a 'resounding yes from political leaders in Stockholm'. 


The new building on the Blasieholmen peninsula will be the home of the Nobel Prize in the centre of Stockholm. It will build its activities around the annual celebration of the Nobel Prize ceremony for science, literature and economics. It will also provide space for exhibitions, school programmes, scientific meetings and lectures as well as hospitality. All activities will be open to the public, aiming to encourage discovery, creativity and new thinking, while creating a place of social, scientific and cultural interaction and making the exceptional heritage of Nobel both visible and accessible to all. Construction is due to start in 2017.


Image © David Chipperfield Architects

Martin Roth, the German director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, has received a First Class medal of the Order of Merit from Germany’s Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a ceremony in Berlin. The award was given in recognition of Roth’s efforts to foster cross-cultural interaction and tolerance, and his contribution towards enhancing Germany's connections with its European neighbours.


In his laudatory speech, David Chipperfield highlighted the importance of Martin Roth’s global perspective, his dedication to confronting difficult issues including his own country’s recent history, and his eloquent determination to ensure that museums serve as engaged forums for debate and innovation. 


Image ©Florian Gaertner/

The topping-out of the James Simon Galerie on Berlin’s Museum Island was celebrated this morning at an event attended by nearly 1,000 people.


Named after one of city’s greatest patrons, the building forms an integral part of the masterplan for the Museum Island approved in 1999.  David Chipperfield has described the James Simon Galerie as ‘both a building and place’, explaining that ‘as well as its role to supplement the museological programme, its purpose is to reorganise urban relations and accessibility within the Museum Island’. It is not so much defined by its function ‘but rather by its responsibility as a public building in the centre of the city’. The completion of the new entrance building is scheduled for 2018.


The official speakers at the ceremony were Petra Wesseler, President of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning; Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media; Barbara Hendricks, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; Hermann Parzinger, the President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation; as well as David Chipperfield and Alexander Schwarz from David Chipperfield Architects Berlin.


Image ©Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects


The Domus Pavilion project was an opportunity to commit an architect and an artist to a conversation. Based on the shared conviction that it is more of an opportunity for art than architecture, Michelangelo Pistoletto and David Chipperfield's aim was to develop a large piece of art rather than a small piece of architecture. Nevertheless, it is created from a collaboration of ideas between the two disciplines, playing with what they share and how they differ.


The true protagonist of the Domus Pavilion project is duality, namely the duality of the physical and the metaphysical. The design for the Pavilion starts from the concept of two volumes, one inside the other with a gap left between the two like a Russian doll. At first glance, the form and materiality are those of an archetypal representation of a house: a pitched roof, red brick exterior, white plastered interior, windows openings and a door. On closer inspection, however, one notices that the walls, door and windows of each volume have been purposefully misaligned, and the top of the roof is off centre. Though this roof is made of thin iron sheet reminiscent of a make-shift shed, including the extension cantilevering over the entrance, an oculus perforates through both volumes and undermines its capacity to shelter.


The space of tension between both volumes –  expressed like a cavity wall construction – and the intentional misalignment expose the inner volume and recognise the independent abstract form of the inner ‘artist’s house’.


‘Arch and Art’ is a cultural project of Assolombarda Confindustria Milano Monza e Brianza organised, coordinated by Domus and produced in collaboration with the Milan Triennale. Located in the Triennale Gardens, the project will run until 12 September 2016.

Opened last week, the two-storey Bally store in Tokyo is the second flagship to feature the new store concept developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan. It is located at the intersection of Chuo-Dori Street and Sotobori-Dori Avenue in Ginza, Tokyo’s renowned shopping district.


Inspired by research into Bally’s Swiss modernist heritage and the clean, innovative aesthetic of its earliest stores, the new store concept was first applied to the London flagship store on New Bond Street. The new Tokyo store demonstrates an evolution of the concept in response to a new setting.


A distinctive feature of the Tokyo store is the two-storey façade composed of a series of vertical brass elements. These elements start from a single unified beam that splits into three slender beams and branches out upward, creating a framework reminiscent of an avenue of trees – a reference to a traditional Japanese motif. In plan, the store spaces are arranged around a star-shaped timber wall so that they open out towards the glass façade like window displays. In addition to its screening function, the timber grid walling serves as a flexible display system onto which a variety of lighting and shelving elements can be attached.


Image  ©Eugenio Matteazzi

A statement by David Chipperfield on the UK's upcoming EU referendum, as published in The Architects’ Journal (31 March 2016).

'The discussion about Europe is too narrowly focused on issues of trade and economy. Economic statistics can be produced to support both positions. Who knows the truth?

Fortunately, it seems clear that there are strong economic arguments in favour of staying within the economic union, but I believe that neither the debate nor the decision should pivot on this argument. Does it profit our profession to stay in or leave? How do you measure this?'


Read the full text in our bibliography under the publication date 31 March 2016, or on

Related: ‘Being European: what does it mean?’ a recent interview with David Chipperfield published on

David Chipperfield Architects has been invited to participate in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Alejandro Aravena, with a contribution on the Naga Site Museum in Sudan.


The ancient city of Naqa, one of the largest historic sites in the country, contains the ruins of a former trading city that once belonged to the Kingdom of Meroë. Only accessible via sand tracks, it sits about fifty kilometres east of the Nile and is a three-hour drive from Khartoum. The museum is designed to protect part of the archaeological site from sun, sandstorms, rain and looters.

The 15th International Architecture Exhibition, titled REPORTING FROM THE FRONT, will include 88 participants from 37 different countries. The exhibition will be open to the public from 28 May 2016 to 27 November 2016 at the Giardini and the Arsenale in Venice.

Image copyright: © Martin Reichert

Following an invitation from The German Film Academy, David Chipperfield has selected ‘Night of the Hunter’ by Charles Laughten to be screened at the Astor Film Lounge in Berlin on 10 March. Afterwards he will participate in a discussion with actor, director and board member of the German Film Academy Burghart Klaußner.


‘Night of the Hunter is a tense and complex story of good and bad, love and hate, trust and suspicion, brilliantly acted especially by Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters and set in a powerfully exaggerated black and white atmosphere.’ - DC


Having already obtained RIBA and New London Architecture awards, the BREEAM ‘outstanding’-rated office building One Pancras Square has received further recognition with a 2016 Civic Trust Award as well as the ‘Special award for Sustainability’.


The design team worked in close collaboration with engineers Grontmij who helped to ensure the project met exemplary sustainability standards and that innovative solutions were integrated with the design.


The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects that demonstrate high quality architecture or design and have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.


Image ©Simon Menges


Forty kilometres north of Osaka, the Inagawa Reien cemetery is situated on a steep mountainside of the Hokusetsu chain in the Hyogo prefecture. David Chipperfield Architects London have been commissioned to design a chapel for The Boenfukyukai Foundation. The project sits at the bottom of a monumental flight of steps which lead to a small shrine at the top of the cemetery. The chapel and a visitor centre sit on either side of the steps around a new sheltered public area, serving as a threshold between the outer world and a quieter space for commemoration. The prismatic composition of rough sand-blasted red concrete volumes forms an intimate complex that is in tune with the dominant slope of the site.


Demolition of the pre-existing structures on site has been completed and work on the new buildings has now started. The project is due to be completed in Spring next year. 

As part of a lecture series accompanying Vitra Design Museum’s current comprehensive exhibition ‘The Bauhaus #itsalldesign’, David Chipperfield will deliver a talk today on the theme ‘Revisting Modernism’ and reflect on the importance of the Bauhaus movement on his practice’s work and philosophy.


The lecture will be held at the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid on the Vitra Campus at 18:00. The event is now fully booked. 


Following a three-phase competitive process, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, together with Paris-based developer Emerige, has won the Call for Projects to redevelop the ‘Boulevard Morland’ site in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The process is part of the wider city-led urban regeneration initiative - ‘Reinventer Paris’ - calling for innovative projects to redevelop 23 sites across the city. The winning scheme for the Boulevard Morland site both extends and opens up the existing structure which was originally built from 1957 to 1964 as a city administration building. The two top floors will integrate an inhabitable artistic installation designed by Studio Other Spaces that will house a bar and restaurant. The redeveloped complex will contain a mixed-use programme including housing, a youth hostel, hotel facilities, offices, retail outlets and a food market, establishing a new social and public landmark for the people of Paris.


Image © Imaging Atelier


Earlier this month, Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of the state Uttar Pradesh, laid the foundation stone for the Mughal Museum in Agra near the eastern gate of Taj Mahal.


The project is part of a larger masterplan led by Archohm for the area around Taj Mahal, which also comprises the Taj Orientation Centre and the Taj Ganj Visitors' Centre. 


The museum will accommodate 5,200 m² permanent and temporary exhibition space and is dedicated to the history and culture of the Mughals, a dynasty that ruled over Northern India for over three centuries.


The construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

The exhibition ‘Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015’ currently on display at Museo ICO in Madrid has received 12,922 visitors since opening on 30 September. 


The exhibition ends this Sunday (24 January 2016). 


Curated by Fulvio Irace and designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the exhibition reflects on some of the practice's key projects over the last 30 years and the central role that architectural models play in our working method.


The artist Olafur Eliasson shares his impression of the design for the Nobel Center in an interview published online.


Eliasson talks about the identity of the building and the city and about public space as a key component of the project.


The short film is part of the series Voices on Nobel Center shown on the Nobel Center website. The interview can be watched online.


At the imm cologne, an international trade fair for interiors (18 – 24 January), furniture manufacturer e15 is showcasing the coffee table ‘Leighton’ and the sideboard ‘Drayton’ by David Chipperfield. The table and sideboard are an extension of the collaboration with e15, which was launched during the 2015 Salone del Mobile in Milan. Like the other items of the product family, the new additions feature a clear design, highlighting the pure use of solid wood and elegant craftsmanship.


Image © e15/Ingmar Kurth

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The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative have appointed 7 new mentors to be paired with a young talent in their respective fields for a year of one-to-one collaboration and creative guidance. David Chipperfield will take over from Peter Zumthor in the field of architecture for the 2016-17 initiative, alongside Mia Couto (literature), Alfonso Cuarón (film), Philip Glass (music), Joan Jonas (visual arts), Robert Lepage (theatre) and Ohad Naharin (dance).


The new mentors were announced at a ceremony in Mexico City on 6 December honouring the mentors and protégés of the 2014–2015 edition of the Rolex Arts Initiative.  The ceremony was part of a wider Rolex Arts Weekend programme of events held across the city, which opened with a private viewing of Museo Jumex.


International panels of artists and arts professionals will meet to select the young artists who will be invited to apply to the programme. The mentors will choose a protégé from three or four finalists, whose names will be announced in June 2016.


Image: opening reception for the Rolex Arts Weekend at Museo Jumex


On the 6 November 2015, the City of Westminster granted planning permission for the development of the New Valentino Flagship Store at 39 Old Bond Street. The existing frontage will be demolished and rebuilt as a dual-layered façade - the outer layer in natural Portland stone and the inner in terrazzo. The roof will be partially demolished and reconstructed with the insertion of new natural Portland stone columns as a façade crown at attic level .


The project comprises a new store in which the retention of floor plates at first, second, third and fourth floors will be completely clad in terrazzo, while the sole timber element will be the staircase block which connects the various levels of the store. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan, the project is already under construction and is due to open at the end of February 2016.


Image © Alberto Parise

Today, a groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Carmen Würth Forum, located to the south of the German town Künzelsau. The project, designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin for the company Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, comprises an event hall and a chamber music hall. 


Situated in the direct vicinity of the company’s headquarters, the building is embedded in the landscape, which it integrates as an architectural theme. The uppermost level of the event hall venue is glazed on all sides and sits at the highest point of the site, providing space for up to 3,500 visitors. The more intimate concert hall, situated below ground level, seats up to 500 people. Completion of the two halls is scheduled for 2017, coinciding with Carmen Würth’s 80th birthday.


A conference centre and a museum for Reinhold Würth’s extensive art collection are due to be realised in a second phase of construction. The overall project originates from an international competition, which was won by the Berlin office in 2007.


Image © Würth

The Valentino Rome Flagship Store in Piazza di Spagna has been reviewed by Carlotta Tonon and is featured in an article in the November issue (855) of Casabella written by Claudia Conforti, Professor of Architectural History at the University of Rome and member of the “Accademia di San Luca”.

The First Phase of the store was completed during the Spring of 2015 and followed the New Store Concept that David Chipperfield Architects Milan has been developing together with the Creative Directors of Valentino since 2008 and which has already been applied to a number of boutiques worldwide. The version implemented in this store was especially developed for its important location close to Valentino’s historical Headquarters.

Taschen has published a new monograph that features a selection of David Chipperfield Architects’ projects. Alongside project-based images and texts, the publication includes an interview with David Chipperfield in which he talks about working in Germany and the United Kingdom.


The book is now available in stores and online.

Following an international call for submissions, the team led by David Chipperfield Architects has been selected as one of six invited to participate in the design competition for The Paul Marshall Building, a major new university building for The London School of Economics and Political Science at 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The preferred design team is expected to be confirmed in spring 2016. 


The German Bundestag has granted a €20 million support for the upcoming renovation of the Haus der Kunst in Munich. The overall support establishes the state and federal government as partners in the upgrade of the building and affirms the important role Haus der Kunst has of serving diverse audiences for contemporary art and culture worldwide. The architectural approach is being driven by a discussion of the institution’s current and future uses, with three prevalent aspects being: the building’s relationship to the surrounding urban space and the adjacent Englischer Garten; the museum’s programme; and the architecture of the existing building.


David Chipperfield Architects Berlin was appointed as architect for the refurbishment as a result of an international competitive bidding procedure in 2013. Work is estimated to start in 2017.


Rendering © David Chipperfield Architects

The refurbished Kaisergalerie in Hamburg’s city centre officially opened last Wednesday. The listed building dates back to 1907 and was originally conceived as an office building before housing the Ohnsorg Theatre prior to its relocation. David Chipperfield Architects was appointed to restore and refurbish Kaisergalerie, converting the building into a luxury shopping arcade. With reference to the original appearance of the building, the façade facing the prestigious shopping street Große Bleichen has been redesigned to give emphasis to the entrance of the arcade. A new pier on Bleichenfleet canal adjacent to Kaisergalerie has also been designed by David Chipperfield Architects, integrating the building into the wider urban context.


Photo © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects


David Chipperfield Architects Milan has begun an ongoing creative collaboration with SSENSE, the rapidly growing international e-commerce destination known for its exclusive original content and curated selection of over 200 fashion and luxury goods designers.


The collaboration will involve the development of multiple concepts and projects in different locations including the new SSENSE Multibrand Flagship Store in Montreal.

On the morning of the 28th of October, a groundbreaking ceremony took place for what will be the largest museum of natural history in the world. The site is 2km north from the city of Anji in the northwestern Zhejiang province, an area of natural beauty with hills and valleys covered in bamboo forests.The ceremony was led by the cultural administration of the province as well as the local government. Piling works started immediately after the ceremony.

The public opening is due in December 2017.

The official opening of the “Mudec” Museum of Cultures took place on 27 October, following the soft opening in March of this year.


The Milan City Council is opening the doors of the Museum despite David Chipperfield Architects having played no part in the artistic supervision of the design of the permanent exhibition and despite the fact that the Milan City Council has not attempted to rectify the defects in the realisation of the Museum that David Chipperfield Architects has been calling attention to for the last two years.


As legal proceedings to the Court of Milan are currently pending between the parties in order to establish both the existence of and the liability for the defects claimed by David Chipperfield Architects, David Chipperfield responded in writing to decline Mayor Giuliano Pisapia’s invitation to the opening. Neither David Chipperfield himself nor a member of David Chipperfield Architects will be present.


Lawyers representing the parties concerned are currently in confidential negotiations through the Courts in order to understand whether a settlement can be reached so as to draw this controversy to a close and finish Mudec in the way the City of Milan deserves.



Image © Oskar Da Riz

A celebration is being held today to mark the start of work on the Royal Academy of Arts’ redevelopment.


This project will link Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, opening up elements that make the Royal Academy unique, sharing with the public its historic treasures, the work of its Academicians, and the RA Schools, alongside its world-class exhibitions programme.  As well as new public and exhibition spaces, the Royal Academy will also gain a double-height lecture theatre with over 260 seats and enhanced facilities for its education programme.


The redevelopment will be completed in time for the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary in 2018. 


The residential project Xixi Wetland Estate on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Hangzhou is now complete. Xixi, a national wetland park, is a built landscape and an area of nature which has been shaped by man for over a thousand years. The omnipresent relationship between landscape, architecture, and water is key to the atmosphere in Xixi. This atmosphere has been integrated into a new development of apartment buildings. The buildings, in contrast to their green surroundings, appear as dark stone volumes embedded in a water garden. They are placed on a stone plinth that sits in the water, forming the base of a village group with various levels, walls and balustrades creating a sequence of outside spaces. The interiors are characterised by floating open spaces. Full-height windows allow for natural light and views over the water garden.


Photo © Simon Menges



Considerable progress has been made to the shell construction of the James Simon Galerie since the symbolic laying of the foundation stone in autumn 2013 and the completion of the complex pile-driving works in November 2014. Most of the exposed concrete walls and ceilings, which will define the interior spaces accessible to the public, have been completed and the mounting of the large precast concrete elements of the building envelope is due to start imminently. The completion of the shell construction will be marked by a topping-out ceremony at the beginning of summer 2016. Completion of construction is scheduled for the end of 2017.


The James Simon Galerie reorganises the relationships and open spaces between the Pergamon Museum and the Neues Museum, while at the same time giving architectural form to the large-scale urban qualities of the site. The building will form a new entrance and reception location, providing the necessary infrastructure for the large numbers of visitors to the Museum Island, spaces for special exhibitions, as well as an auditorium. The design exploits the possibilities of the site with the greatest urban impact, facing the Lustgarten, the Schlossbrücke (the Palace Bridge) and the boulevard Unter den Linden, while at the same time supporting the urban relationships of the existing museum buildings on the island. In addition, the project will provide an edificial link to the main floor of the Pergamon Museum as well as to the Archaeological Promenade at basement level.


Photo © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

On 15 October 2015 RIBA announces the 20th Stirling Prize winner. In addition to celebrating this year’s winner, the RIBA will be looking back at the past 19 winning projects. Models of all the projects will be displayed in a special exhibition at the RIBA, including David Chipperfield Architects’ ‘Museum of Modern Literature’ in Marbach am Neckar, which was awarded the Stirling Prize in 2007.


RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London


13 October – 17 November 2015


Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00, Tuesday from 10:00 to 20:00, Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00


Image ©Richard Davies


An extract from the article 'Agents of change: how dynamic directors have transformed the UK's regional scene' by Ben Luke published in the October issue of The Art Newspaper.

The Brenta 80 DC set sail from its shipyard on the Baltic earlier this month in time for appearances at the Cannes and Genoa boat shows.


David Chipperfield designed the interior of the new 80ft sailing yacht built in collaboration with Brent Design and Michael Schmidt YachtBau. 


Image ©Linus Lintner Fotografie

Museo Jumex received an International Architecture in Stone Award, a biennial prize given for architectural works in natural stone. The award was announced at the 50th Marmomacc trade fair in Verona earlier this month.


The project is one of five to receive the awards, and was selected by a panel of judges including Francesco Dal Co, Juan José Lahuerta, Werner Oechslin, Cino Zucchi and Vincenzo Pavan.

David Chipperfield Architects has been appointed by the Artprojekt–Group (Berlin) to design the new Marina Resort Bad Saarow. Situated on the western shore of the Scharmützel Lake to the south-east of Berlin, Bad Saarow is a lakeside spa resort steeped in tradition. The 15,000 m2 site for the new Marina Resort is located directly next to a former public bathing beach. The project encompasses a five star boutique hotel with a spa, outdoor swimming pool and owner-occupied apartments. The owners and guests will be able to use a newly developed marina situated in front of the new resort. The project is part of an ongoing redevelopment of the region around the lake to serve as an attractive recreation and leisure area for sailing, golfing and swimming.  

25 years after Germany’s reunification, David Chipperfield speaks to Rainer Traube on ‘Arts.21 – The Cultural Magazine’ about his views on Berlin’s development.


The programme will be aired on 3 October at 21:30 and can be watched online.


Read the online article (in English). 


Image ©DW/R. Traube

The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin has been closed since the beginning of the year for refurbishment. Almost 50 years after being built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1965-68, the museum is undergoing extensive restoration for the first time. Following several months of preparation, all exhibits are now being moved out in order for the refurbishment to begin.


The four-year refurbishment project includes fire-prevention measures, renovation of the entire exterior, removal of the root cause of glass breakage, an overhaul of the concrete shell and the renewal of building services. The building must also meet the requirements of a modern museum in terms of air conditioning, safety, lighting, storage functions and visitor services.


Dismantling of the granite sculpture “Granit Bleu de Vire” (1985, Ulrich Rückriem) Photo ©Thomas Bruns


The exhibition 'Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015' opens tonight at the Museo ICO in Madrid.


Curated by Fulvio Irace and designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the exhibition reflects on some of the practice's key projects over the last 30 years and the central role that architectural models play in our working method.


30 September 2015 - 24 January 2016


Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 20:00, Bank holidays from 10:00 to 14:00


Following a two-stage competitive bidding procedure, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has been appointed to refurbish and transform the main building of the former Central Customs Office in Munich. The representative Jugendstil building was originally built in 1912 for the Royal Bavarian custom authorities. It was one of the first buildings of its size to be built using a reinforced concrete frame construction and houses generous daylight-filled spaces. A 45-metre-high glass dome is one of the distinctive features of the building. The listed building is to be transformed into a modern centre for departments of the Federal Customs Administration, accommodating offices, storage spaces, workshops and public functions. 

In an interview with Sven Michaelsen for the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, David Chipperfield speaks about his family and professional roots, good architecture, cynical buildings and where he feels most inspired.


Today, a modified proposal for the Nobel Center has been unveiled to the press. While the fundamental concept of the ‘Nobelhuset’ remains the same, the building has been reduced significantly in size. It now has a clearer division into a base, middle and top floor that relates to the surrounding structures on the Blasieholmen peninsula. A public terrace facing the south has been created on the top floor and offers spectacular views. A review of the room program has given top priority to public spaces. The design of the Nobel Auditorium has been further developed and will be highly suitable for the future Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies as well as various kinds of public meetings. By removing the underground car park and its ramp, space for an attractive square has been created to the north of the building. On the other side, facing the water, an open green space extends to the quays. The uppermost floor, which also integrates the roof structure, now houses a publicly accessible bar. The modified design integrates the Nobel Center even better in its urban context and establishes a lively interaction with the citizens and visitors of Stockholm. 

As part of the London Design Festival, David Chipperfield will take part in a live conversation with Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, at Vulcucine’s showroom in London on 19 September. The talk will focus on his approach to museum architecture and the complexities of cultural heritage projects.


The event is organised by Interni magazine, Valcucine and Driade. David Chipperfield was appointed Artistic Director of Driade last year.


This year the Figge celebrates the 90th anniversary of its opening as Davenport Municipal Art Gallery in 1925, and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Art Museum’s building by David Chipperfield Architects.


In celebration, the museum will hold a series of events including a discussion with David Chipperfield on 10 September.


Image ©Christian Richters


Full planning permission has been achieved for Elizabeth House and 10 Leake Street, marking a very significant milestone for the project, and one which took nearly 5 years to achieve.


In March this year, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles decided against holding a public inquiry into the redevelopment project which had already achieved a resolution to grant planning permission from Lambeth Council in 2012. Leader of Lambeth Council Lib Peck stated that the council ‘has always believed the Elizabeth House development is absolutely consistent with the government's National Planning Policy Framework, it is fully supported by the Mayor of London and will bring considerable economic, social and cultural benefits to the area’.


Image ©Imaging Atelier


Westminster City Council has granted listed building consent and planning permission for the redevelopment of Selfridges iconic flagship store on Oxford Street.


The project will include a new double-height entrance on Duke Street and alterations to the shopfronts, as well as the redevelopment of the current accessories space. 

Turner Contemporary in Margate has been chosen as one of 21 landmarks that define Britain in the 21st century. Among the celebrated structures are Sir Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, St Paul’s Cathedral in London and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. 


The Independent Traveller, along with BA's High Life magazine, has asked people to nominate structures that best represent the country today. The public votes were then presented for consideration to a panel of judges, who made their final decision at London’s Hotel Café Royal.


Iwona Blazwick, director of Whitechapel Gallery and member of the jury, said "the architect, David Chipperfield, has built something which pays tribute to Turner himself and puts something on the horizon. It's a great journey to go inside it. It's transformed Margate."


Image © Simon Menges

Work is now on site for the extension of Kunsthaus Zurich. The project will almost double the space, transforming it into Switzerland’s largest art museum. The new building will display a collection of classic modernism, the Bührle Collection, temporary exhibitions and a contemporary art collection dating from the 1960s. Completion is due in 2020.

The residential project Villa Eden, situated above the western shore of Lake Garda, is now complete.


The two villas are carefully integrated into the hillside, retaining the original atmosphere of the site characterised by grass covered terraces, olive groves and cypress trees.


The typology of the villas was inspired by the architecture of the limonaias, historical structures typical for the region and built for the cultivation of lemons. The villas incorporate their characteristic features: a plinth and a series of columns with a distinctive rhythm supporting a light roof. The main elevations facing the valley open up towards the Mediterranean landscape with room-height windows. The slender columns and cross beams form a pergola, providing protection from the sun and extending the interior into a protected outdoor space which leads to further terraces with outdoor pools. 


The choice of materials was influenced by the region, using stone from local quarries for the masonry and the terraces.


The largest Valentino Flagship Store in the world, spreading across three storeys and three buildings on the Piazza di Spagna in Rome, will be officially inaugurated today. To mark the occasion, the fashion house has organised a series of exclusive events including the Valentino Haute Couture show (Fall/Winter 2015-16).


This is the first time the fashion show will return to Rome since Valentino Garavani left the house of Valentino in 2007. The collection ‘Mirabilia Romae’ will be presented on the catwalks of the Piazza Mignanelli next to the Valentino Historical Headquarters of Palazzo Mignanelli which is currently being restored, a project for which David Chipperfield Architects have recently been brought in as design consultants.


Joachimstrasse has been awarded the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA) Prize Berlin 2015. The jury commended the ensemble at Joachimstrasse as a successful architectural solution within a difficult urban context.


The BDA Prize is conferred every three years to both architects and clients, and acknowledges exemplary architectural achievements within the State of Berlin. The award ceremony took place on 3 July 2015 as a part of the centenary celebrations of the BDA Berlin.


Four awards and four commendations were selected out of 56 submissions. The awarded projects will be exhibited at Berlin’s BDA gallery from August 2015.



From a field of 750 international entries judges Sofia von Ellrichshausen, Adam Caruso, Pippo Ciorra and AR Editor Christine Murray chose the private home in Buckinghamshire for the Architectural Review house of the year award.


The AR House awards celebrate excellence in one-off house design. The house is described by the jury as a radical new take on the English country house with a dramatic use of surface and volume blending a timeless classicism. Sofia von Ellrichshausen cited that ‘[…] the house is very rigid from the outside but the plan is a lot less obvious’, while Adam Caruso commented that ‘Fayland house places a very large house in a very special landscape without disappearing. The domestic outdoor spaces, which have always been an issue in English country houses, are in courtyards, which is an innovation.’


Cover image © Simon Menges

Last night, David Chipperfield Architects hosted a public panel discussion on their Berlin campus as part of the Make City Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives. During the talk, which was moderated by the BBC’s creative director Alan Yentob, the panel made up of Berlin’s Senate Building Director Regula Lüscher, the photographer Thomas Struth and David Chipperfield discussed issues concerning our perception of the city and recent developments in Berlin and other cities. The discussion was preceded by a presentation of photographs by Thomas Struth.


‘Make City’ running from 11 to 27 June, is Berlin’s first festival for architecture and urban alternatives and features a wide range of events and discussions throughout the city.


Image © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects


The design for the conversion of Paderborn’s former 'St. Vincenz' hospital in Germany into new headquarters for a family-run company was presented today in a press conference.


The existing ensemble, situated in the city’s mediaeval town centre, originates from a 17th century monastery, Santa Maria Angelorum, which was converted into a hospital in the 19th century. Following severe damage in the Second World War it was rebuilt and extended in the 1950s. The new conversion project involves the removal of post-war additions, exposing the historic building fabric of the monastery and creating a picturesque ruin-like structure with the former cloister at its heart. New extension wings will be arranged in accordance with the orthogonal structure of the original ensemble ranging from two to three-storeys. Within the urban landscape of the Pader Springs, the complex establishes a new coherent unit, while maintaining historic continuity.


The project is due to go on site in 2016 and completion is scheduled for 2018. 

The summer issue of the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine has been guest edited by David Chipperfield. This special publication celebrates the redevelopment of the RA as announced earlier this month. The scheme designed by David Chipperfield Architects is due to go on site in October and to be completed in time for the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary in 2018.


Published four times a year for Friends of the Academy, RA Magazine is one of the UK’s most widely read arts publications, exploring current exhibitions and events at the RA and beyond. The new issue includes interviews, reviews, opinion pieces and an original short story commissioned by the guest editor.

Last night at the Cooper Union in New York, David Chipperfield presented ‘Two cities, two projects’ as part of The Architectural League’s Current Work series. The lecture addressed two distinct cultural projects and the way in which they were shaped by their cities' cultural ambitions; James Simon Gallery, Museum Island, Berlin and Museo Jumex, Mexico City.  


Image © Lauren Altman

Designed by David Chipperfield and John Morgan, the Valentino ‘Turret Clock’ has now finally been installed onto the façade of Valentino's Flagship Store in New York. It was manufactured by GB Milano, creators and producers of timepieces since 1937. A ‘Turret Clock’ is a large clock with more than one dial allowing the time to be read from different directions.


Conceived as an extension and integration of the Store façade, it is not only a clock for indicating and measuring time, but is also a device, illuminated day and night, that identifies and denotes the building as a public venue on 5th Avenue. A brass mechanical-electronic instrument indicates hours and minutes with moving hands on a round dial which incorporates just one Roman numeral, number five, recognisable as the Valentino ‘V’, making the clock specific to the brand.


Image © Eugenio Matteazzi

David Chipperfield will be giving a public lecture for The Architectural League at The Cooper Union in New York on 20 May. The lecture is part of The Architectural League’s Current Work series and will focus on David Chipperfield Architects' recent projects.


Image © Simon Menges

This morning at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the scheme for the redevelopment of its historic buildings was presented at a press conference.


The redevelopment will link Burlington House and Burlington Gardens for the first time, opening up access to the schools, and creating new public areas that will include dedicated spaces for exhibitions and displays across the site for the historic collections, contemporary art projects and new work by Royal Academicians. The Royal Academy will also gain a double-height lecture theatre with over 260 seats and enhanced facilities for its education programme.


A contractor has been selected and the works are due to start in October 2015. The redevelopment will be completed in time for the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary in 2018. 


Image: David Chipperfield and Charles Saumarez Smith (RA Secretary and Chief Executive) with Royal Academicians looking at the proposals in the model. 



Today, David Chipperfield met with the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (New York) during their visit to Berlin and gave a talk in the central staircase hall of the Neues Museum for 90 of the Council’s members about the museum which was completed in 2009.


Image © Ute Zscharnt

At the AIA UK Chapter’s 21st Annual Excellence in Design Awards, the Moganshan Road Office building in Hangzhou received the Professional Winner award. The Awards Gala took place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London on 28 April.


The jury stated: “David Chipperfield Architects’ Office building Moganshan Road combines effortless details and profound elegance with simple yet highly comfortable office space amongst the rapidity of development in China. This project shows a refinement of design well worthy of the highest accolade.”


We would like to thank our client ‘Hangzhou Fanes Baoyuan Real Estate’ for the great collaboration and support in realizing a building with generous office space and made with high quality materials.”


Image © Simon Menges

During the 54th edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Driade is launching a series of new products under the artistic direction of David Chipperfield. Among the objects being launched is the re-edition of the ‘Evelyn’ lamp designed by David Chipperfield, an update of the ninties design developed with Driade for the Shore Club Hotel in Miami.


The products are being presented at the Driade Showroom at Via Borgogna 8 and in Pavilion 16 at the main fairground of Salone del Mobile, from 14-19 April.


Image © Richard Davies

The Valentino Flagship Store on Rome’s Piazza di Spagna has now opened and will be completed in July 2015 with the opening of its VIP area, which has been specifically designed for the location as part of the New Concept.


Situated on the famous Piazza di Spagna, next to the Spanish Steps, the new Flagship Store sits adjacent to the headquarters of Valentino Maison, which is located within the late 16th century Palazzo Gabrielli Mignanelli.


This is the largest Valentino Flagship Store in the world with 1,470 square meters. It features a grand entrance atrium, 6-meters in height, with marble columns and terrazzo walls creating a monumental space. Two main staircases, equally made of marble, connect the entrance atrium to the different Store levels and appear as excavated spaces.


A completely New Woman Store Concept is presented within this Flagship Store and is defined as a continuous sequence of polished white arches, reminiscent of traditional gallerias.


Image © Santi Caleca


David Chipperfield received the Sikkens Prize yesterday afternoon at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.


The Sikkens Prize is one of the oldest independent art prizes in the Netherlands, celebrating the use of colour across a range of fields, primarily in art and architecture. Previous winners include Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Donald Judd and most recently Bridget Riley. David Chipperfield is the 36th winner of the Sikkens Prize.


The jury applauded a delicate balance between colour, material and texture in the signature spatial compositions, and in his laudatory speech Professor of Architecture Christian Rapp spoke of the sensitivity to context demonstrated throughout the work of the practice.


Image © Maarten van Haaff


The “Mudec” Museum of Cultures stages a soft opening fifteen years after David Chipperfield Architects won the international competition to design the City of Cultures on the site of the former Ansaldo factory in Milan. Amid a certain amount of controversy, the “Comune di Milano” opens the doors of the Museum with two temporary exhibitions occupying most of the spaces.


Despite concerted efforts by David Chipperfield Architects over the last twelve months to repair various quality defects, especially the floor, and repeated appeals to resolve the situation, it seems that the “Comune di Milano” will finally attempt to remedy the situation over the next twelve months.


Contrary to media reports, David Chipperfield has not demanded that his name is removed from the Project, but continues to insist that the “Comune di Milano” takes the situation seriously and remedies the mistakes of its own making.


An outline of the contents of a recent letter sent to the Mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, is included in the link below.


Image © Oskar Da Riz

In anticipation of the launch of the Fayland table series during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Wallpaper provides a preview of furniture manufacturer e15’s new product family - the ‘Fayland’ table, the ‘Fawley’ bench, and the ‘Langley’ stool - designed by David Chipperfield.

Following an international competition held in 2014 David Chipperfield Architects has been selected to design the new Zhejiang Museum of Natural History in Anji County, China. 


The Museum consists of eight pavilions arranged around a central garden. The landscape flows through the buildings, and green roofs strengthen the idea of a museum integrated with the landscape. 


David Chipperfield Architects concept design was approved by the Cultural Secretary of Zhejiang Province earlier this month, launching the project into its next phase. Completion of the museum is expected in early 2019.



The Valentino Flagship Store on Hong Kong's Canton Road opened after its final phase, following on from the first phase opening in October (2014) and the second phase opening in December (2014).


Located on the Southern section of Canton Road, a major thoroughfare linking the formerly reclaimed Tsim Sha Tsui and running almost parallel and to the west of Nathan road. This location is the home to many monobrand international fashion houses and to multibrand shopping centres.  


The 900 square meter Flagship Store is fronted by a double-storey façade made of solid terrazzo. The main entrance opens onto a landing, which leads to the Women’s Store above, and to the Men’s Store below.


Model image © Richard Davies

David Chipperfield Architects has been selected by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to develop a new design for the Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art. The selection process included an international design competition and was led by a committee of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.


Marking a huge advancement in the display of modern and contemporary art at the Museum, the project will increase gallery space for the collection, double the size of the popular Roof Garden, and create accessible on-site storage. The new design will also enhance gallery configuration and visitor navigation throughout the Southwest Wing, and support a more open dialogue between the Museum and Central Park.


In making the announcement, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tom Campbell, said: ‘We based the final selection of an architect on three criteria: vision, experience, and compatibility. David Chipperfield’s global architectural experience and sensibility, along with his commitment to the collaborative aspect of creating architecture, make him a perfect partner on this milestone project.’ 


One Pancras Square received the 2015 BREEAM Award in the Offices New Construction category at the annual BREEAM Awards ceremony and gala dinner that took place on the first day of Ecobuild in London last night. 



David Chipperfield is delivering a lecture today for the Arkitera Architecture Center in Istanbul.


The Arkitera Architecture Center is an independent architecture centre dedicated to improving architectural practice and enhancing architectural culture in Turkey.

Students of the Critical Writing in Art and Design course at the Royal College of Art have produced a collection of texts on their impressions of Turner Contemporary in Margate.


The 11 pieces bring together new approaches to writing in relation to architecture, drawing particularly on the experience of spending time with a working building.


In his foreword, David Chipperfield writes 'These essays put architecture in what I believe to be its rightful place; not always liked but with the capacity to be liked, not its own world but part of ours.’


Illustration by Billie Muraben


During a five-day official visit to Berlin and Dresden, the Duke of Kent paid a visit to the Neues Museum on Museum Island. A tour of the building was led by Alexander Schwarz and Eva Schad, both Partners at David Chipperfield Architects Berlin and members of the design team who worked on the project for 10 years. 


Image © Heinz Jirout


'An Italian sense of craft and detail is brought to New York City's major shopping street by David Chipperfield's design for Valentino.' - Suzanne Stephens


The Valentino New York Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue is featured as the Architectural Record cover story for the February edition on adaptive re-use.


Image © Santi Caleca

The JingAn Urban Study, commissioned by the JingAn planning authority and conducted by David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai, has been approved as the basis for the new regulatory plan for the DongShiWenLi development at Suzhou Creek, Shanghai.


David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai began the urban study in summer 2014, investigating the relationship between historic low-density housing and a new high-density development. Starting with a theoretical exploration of urban planning principles, the study led to the development of a masterplan in collaboration with the planning authority.


DongSiWenLi was the largest Li neighbourhood in Shanghai, built in the early 20th Century and made up of ShiKuMen houses. This is a distinctly Shanghainese typology of terraced houses combining the British urban layout with typical courtyard houses from the Shanghai region, rendering this threatened typology globally unique. The aim of the new development is to create an attractive urban quarter through the integration of historic lane houses with new functions.

After a two year interruption to the planning permission process for the Kunsthaus Zurich, the project has now been given the final go-ahead. Construction is due to start in autumn 2015 and the museum opening is scheduled for 2020.


David Chipperfield hosted a night school session for the Architectural Association (AA) at Sir John Soane's Museum in London. 


On a candle-lit tour of the museum he offered a personal insight into the collection and presented his own ‘academy of architecture’ for the evening.


AA’s Night School is an on-going speculative project dealing with alternative models of architectural education. It aims to turn an architecture school inside out, offering what are usually internal activities to a wide audience of professionals, clients, other creative practitioners, the general public as well as students.


Image © Valerie Bennett

Following the budget approval for the Neue Nationalgalerie project in Berlin at the beginning of January, refurbishment work on the gallery can now commence. Guided by the principle ‘as much Mies as possible’, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin is appointed to restore the nearly 50-year-old building for the first time in its history. The museum will be closed for refurbishment for five and a half years and is due to reopen in summer 2020.


Image © Archiv Neue Nationalgalerie, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Reinhard Friedrich


Following David Chipperfield’s appointment as Artistic Director of the design brand Driade, David Chipperfield Architects have overseen the redesign of the new showroom opening this Thursday on Via Borgogna in the heart of Milan.


The showroom represents the company identity, serving as both a shop and a gallery. The diversity and depth of the Driade collection will be displayed through a selection of objects and a series of furnishings, from the most iconic pieces to the latest designs.


The first special exhibition in the gallery – Driade, Early Years 1968-1982 – will focus on the early vision of the company’s founders Enrico, Antonia and Adelaide Astori and the designers around them.  It is a valuable moment to reflect on the past at the point of a new beginning for the company.


Image © Santi Caleca

Gothenburg-based Studio Esinam have designed a series of limited edition posters featuring the key buildings that capture the ‘unique feeling’ of various cities.


Iconic historic structures sit alongside the work of contemporary practices such as SANAA, Sou Fujimoto and Toyo Ito for Tokyo; and Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano for Paris.


For Berlin, the David Chipperfield Architects gallery project ‘Am Kupfergraben 10’ and Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie – to be restored by the practice – are selected to represent the city alongside the Berliner Siegessäule memorial monument in the Tiergarten Park, the 1960s Fernsehturm Tower and the Brandenburger Tor gate.


One Pancras Square in Kings Cross – ‘a standout project among the vast development’ – has been selected as one of the 5 best buildings of 2014 by The Daily Telegraph’s architecture critic Ellis Woodman. 


Image © Mattias Kunz for David Chipperfield Architects

The European TV network Arte will be airing the 90-minute film ‘Into the Night’ on Tuesday 16 December at 00:15 (Berlin). It will be available to watch online for the following 7 days.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the film follows 9 pairs of national and international personalities in various locations along the former site of the wall and follows their conversations on the influence of the historic event on art, culture, politics and society.


David Chipperfield is joined by the German author Daniel Kehlmann in Potsdamer Platz to discover the last remaining watchtower. Other participants include Patti Smith, Udo Lindenberg, Slavoj Žižek, Peter Maffay, Wolfgang Tillmans, Miklós Németh, Ken Follett, Richard Sennett, Mieze Katz, Matthias Lilienthal, Daniel Hope, Wladimir Kaminer and Friedrich Liechtenstein.

DCA have been shortlisted to present a design proposal for the new headquarters building for Le Monde in Paris.  


It is the aim of Groupe Le Monde to unite its activities under a single roof in the centre of Paris. The proposed site is one part of a wider masterplan for the area adjacent to the Gare d’Austerlitz. 


Members of Lambeth Borough Council have unanimously approved planning permission for the Elizabeth House project in central London. 


Located next to Waterloo station, the scheme comprises two buildings: an 11 storey office block to the south and a 29 storey residential and office tower to the north. 

The grand opening of Valentino New York Flagship store on Fifth Avenue will be celebrated at a cocktail reception tonight.

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.


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.


As part of the grand opening celebrations, the fashion house will also unveil its latest haute couture collection – the first time in New York – on 10 December.


Image © Santi Caleca

Charlotte Higgins interviews David Chipperfield in Berlin.

David Chipperfield responds to a recent article on the Museum Island Masterplan project in Berlin published by The Architectural Review.

The Valentino New York Flagship store on Fifth Avenue and the Valentino Man store in Paris are reviewed by Carlotta Tonon in the December issue (844) of Casabella.


Both stores were completed in 2014 and follow the new store concept developed together with Valentino’s Creative Directors in 2012, and already applied to various boutiques worldwide.


Together with British Ambassador Sir Simon McDonald, David Chipperfield hosted a private dinner at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin on Saturday 29 November. The event celebrated Anglo-German relations and encouraged debate on the wider considerations of Europe not only as an economic market but as a cultural reality. Recent discussions about Britain's role in the European community and the possible forthcoming referendum added poignancy to the event. Speeches were given by the hosts and various guests, such as Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as Baroness Blackstone (former UK Minister for the Arts).

Image © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

On the second day of the ‘Form versus function. Mies und das Museum’ colloquium, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin presented the refurbishment project of the Neue Nationalgalerie in detail.

The design director Alexander Schwarz spoke about ‘Conceptual questions regarding the refurbishment project’, followed by managing director Martin Reichert talking about the scope of work and the planning process.

The project architects and their team presented five case studies – the steal glass façade, the curtain in the upper hall, the garderobe and the museum’s shop, barrier-free accessibility and the exhibition rooms on the lower level.

Image © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects


The two-day colloquium ‘Form versus function. Mies und das Museum’ at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin kicked off yesterday evening with a mission statement by David Chipperfield. This was followed by a panel discussion with the artist Willem de Rooij, the exhibition designer Meyer Voggenreiter and David Chipperfield, and moderated byNeue Nationalgalerie director Udo Kittelmann.


The colloquium brings together architects, artists, academics, curators, and architectural conservators to address the building’s dual role both as an important monument and outstanding museum. David Chipperfield spoke about the upcoming refurbishment of the building due to start in the new year.

Image © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects 

David Chipperfield met with the British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Neue Nationalgalerie during his visit to Berlin. While touring the ‘Sticks and Stones’ exhibtion, they discussed Berlin’s urban regeneration and the importance of Anglo-German relations.


Before his visit to the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Deputy Prime Minister met with the Federal Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel to understand how a lively start-up scene can revitalise city centres. Also on the agenda for his visit was a discussion about Europe with students of the Hertie School of Governance.


In connection to the topics discussed with the Deputy Prime Minister, the British Ambassador Sir Simon McDonald and David Chipperfield  will be hosting a private event - ‘Britain in Berlin’ - at the Neue Nationalgalerie this weekend to celebrate Anglo-German relations and debate the wider considerations of Europe not only as an economic market but as a cultural reality. Recent discussions about Britain's role in the European community and the possible forthcoming referendum add poignancy to this event.


Image © Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

A new detailed comparative analysis of 652 new museums and extensions (recognised by the International Council of Museums) completed or under construction over the past 17 years has been published by Fondazione di Venezia in association with Umberto Allemandi. The book is directed and edited by Guido Guerzoni (M9 Museum).

The Italian fashion house has organinsed a series of events on 9-10 December to celebrate the grand opening of the Valentino New York Flagship store on Fifth Avenue.


Image © Santi Caleca

Xuhui municipality have approved the planning application for the Xujiahui Bookstore project in Shanghai's Xujiahui district.


In 2013 David Chipperfield Architects was appointed to design the new 15,000 sqm building which will house retail areas, restaurants and a bookstore.


The new three storey building  will sit adjacent to the renowned catholic cathedral of St. Ignatius, and is part of an urban improvement plan for the historic district.


The project is currently in Design Development phase. 

In a discussion chaired by the RA’s Director of Artistic Programmes Tim Marlow, Anselm Kiefer and David Chipperfield explored the role of architecture as a theme and motif in the artist’s work, as well as the significance of the architectural contexts in which it is created and displayed.


Beginning with Kiefer’s extraordinary studio complexes in Germany and France, the discussion roamed over questions of materiality, the nature and feel of spaces, scale, history and the ruin.

An extract from a speech given at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin on the occasion of the 25th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall published in The Guardian newspaper. 


The Neue Nationalgalerie with its open universal space is the last building Mies van der Rohe planned independently and is therefore regarded as his great legacy. The building’s imminent refurbishment once again sharpens the focus on the logic of the building, on the relationship between form and function. Since the opening in 1968 the museum has continuously been used to showcase the 20th century art collection of the Nationalgalerie as well as special exhibitions. At the same time the building has long been a world famous classic of modernism for its clarity and rigour.


The colloquium “Form versus Function: Mies and the Museum” brings together architects, artists, academics, curators, and architectural conservators to address the building’s dual role as important monument and outstanding museum. Alongside a presentation of the planned refurbishment by British architect David Chipperfield, Mies van der Rohe’s grandson and former project manager Dirk Lohan will talk about the planning and construction process of the Neue Nationalgalerie in the 1960s. Other lectures deal with a reflection on specific aesthetic and museum conditions of the exhibition building inter alia from a cultural studies perspective by Beatriz Colomina.

The 2014 Falling Walls Conference - on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall - was held at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.


Following Chancellor Merkel’s opening speech, David Chipperfield gave her a private tour of ‘Sticks and Stones’ - the last exhibition prior to its closure for restoration. The annual event brings together leaders from the arts, business, science, politics and society to discuss scientific research and innovation. David delivered a keynote speech ‘On sticks and stones and walls’ to the participants.


Image © Falling Walls Foundation

Museo Jumex in Mexico City, designed in collaboration with Oscar Rodriguez/TAAU, has received first place at the XIII edition of the CEMEX Building Award for both the National Prize in the Cultural and Education category and the International Prize in the Institutional/Industrial category.


The CEMEX building award is an annual competition founded and organized by the global building materials company, promoting a culture of continuous innovation in construction.


Image © René Castelán Foglia

David Chipperfield received the Goldene Erbse (Golden Pea) award for his commitment to culture from the Märchenland Foundation at a ceremony in Berlin attended by the Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit and the British Ambassador Sir Simon McDonald. In his laudatio, Peter-Klaus Schuster, former General Director of the Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), referred to the practice's numerous museum projects across the country. 


Image © Jürgen Sendel

Anselm Kiefer will discuss his studios with David Chipperfield on Wednesday 19 November 2014 8.30 - 9.30am at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Kiefer discusses the ways he has shaped his three successive artist studios – and their landscapes – both as a place in which to work to his full potential but also for displaying and comprehending his paintings, sculptures and installations.

The groundbreaking ceremony for a private house project in South Korea took place on the site overlooking the city of Seoul.


The design for the family home pays homage to traditional Korean domestic house. It comprises three different volumes on a plinth creating three gardens in between.


Image © David Chipperfield Architects

Following an international competition, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, under the direction of David Chipperfield and Alexander Schwarz, has been selected as one of three offices to refine the design scheme for the Beethoven Festspielhaus, a new festival hall in Bonn. The final winner of the competition will be announced in spring of 2015.


For more information on the competition, please visit


From 29 October to 16 December 2014, all competition models will be presented in the Post Tower-Lounge in Bonn. Opening hours: daily from 10am to 6pm.

The latest edition of El Croquis featuring the work of David Chipperfield Architects will be available in bookshops by the end of this week.


The title ‘figure and abstraction’ is derived from a conversation between Emilio Tuñón and David Chipperfield featured in the issue alongside an essay by Rafael Moneo and 28 of the practice’s projects ranging from 2010 to 2014.


Many of the projects have not previously been published, including Fayland House (cover image).


The three-storey Bally Store on Bond Street in London is the first to feature the new design concept developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan and marks a new direction for the brand.


David Chipperfield sought to reconnect with Bally’s past and their innovative collaboration with designers such as Marcel Breuer and Robert Mallet-Stevens in the early Twentieth Century.


Features of Breuer’s design are reinterpreted in the store, such as the stock wall concept and the light tubular metal furniture.  

As part of the ‘Museum of the future’ series organised by The British Museum, David Chipperfield participated in a debate on the changing public dialogues with museum collections in the digital age.  He was joined by Amit Sood, founder of the Google Art Project, Sonita Alleyne, founder of The Yes Programme, and Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science.  The panel were introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, and chaired by Sir Richard Lambert, Chairman of the Trustees of the British Museum.


The discussion focused on how rapid changes in digital technology potentially pose the biggest challenge and opportunity for museums to consider how the public interacts with collections, and how that might impact on the physical spaces themselves.


Image © Benedict Johnson 


David Chipperfield delivered the keynote speech for the Landmark Preservation Foundation’s annual ‘Lunch at a Landmark’ held in The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City.

Following and introduction by Richard Meier, David Chipperfield spoke of his experience working within the rich historic context of Berlin.

A review of the monograph David Chipperfield Architects by Frank F. Drewes in the latest edition of Bauwelt.

Over 3,000 people attended the Sticks and Stones exhibition opening at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin yesterday evening. 


For further information on the 'intervention' by David Chipperfield Architects, please visit 



Photo © David von Becker

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.


For further information, please visit:



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.


For further information, please visit:


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.


Image © Santi Caleca

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


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'. 


Image © Mattias Kunz for David Chipperfield Architects

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.


Image © Simon Menges

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!


Drawing © David Chipperfield

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

Following an invitation from the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, David Chipperfield and Olafur Eliasson will present the Morland project to the public on 2 May at 19:00 in Paris. The event will take place at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal.


Following a three-phase competitive process, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin and Paris-based developer Emerige, won the Call for Projects to redevelop the ‘Boulevard Morland’ site in the 4th arrondissement of Paris at the beginning of this year.