A centre for transatlantic exchange in New York

Following an international design competition, the Federal Government of Germany has appointed David Chipperfield Architects to convert the former headquarters of the Goethe Institute in New York into a new centre for transatlantic dialogue. The existing Fifth Avenue-building, a six-storey townhouse from 1906, will be restored and renovated, adding sensitive interventions within the original building fabric to accommodate the new social and cultural programme. The project, 1014 – An open house, was designed as an open meeting place while preserving the domestic character of the building. It is expected to complete in late 2025.

David Chipperfield in El Pais

The latest issue of the El Pais supplement Icon Design features an interview with David Chipperfield. Daniel García López travelled to Corrubedo in Galicia to discuss the role of architects in addressing critical issues of planning, community and environmental sustainability at a local and global level, focusing on the significance of process. Through the work of Fundación RIA and the research conducted with Simon Kretz supported by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative, the practice hopes to expand the positive role of architecture in the built and natural environment.

Paseo de Pereda project starts on site

A foundation stone laying ceremony for the Paseo de Pereda project took place on Thursday 20 May. The project will give new life and purpose to Banco Santander’s historic headquarters allowing it to take on a more active part of the city’s social and cultural life. The building will become the new home for the Banco Santander’s art collection and a place of changing exhibitions and events. A public rooftop terrace will serve as a meeting point overlooking Santander Bay. Continue reading

Neue Nationalgalerie completes

The refurbishment of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, an icon of twentieth-century architecture, is now complete. In a digital ceremony on 29 April, the keys were handed over to the clients – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin State Museums) and Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation).

Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Neue Nationalgalerie has been dedicated to the art of the twentieth century since its opening in 1968. After fifty years of ageing, intensive use and sporadic repairs, the building required complete refurbishment and modernisation. The existing fabric has been preserved and services upgraded with minimal visual compromise to the building’s original appearance.

The museum will re-open to the public in August 2021.

Image © Simon Menges

Kunsthaus Zürich extension opens for test phase

From 23 April to 24 May 2021, the recently completed Kunsthaus Zürich extension will open to visitors for the first time. The building, which is otherwise empty, can be experienced with a sound installation "The Sense of Things" by American artist William Forsythe which was conceived especially for the occasion. After this one-month test phase, the building will close again for the installation of artworks, with the inauguration planned for early October. Continue reading

National Gallery competition shortlist

David Chipperfield Architects is one of six teams shortlisted by the National Gallery for a competition to work on their Trafalgar Square buildings ahead of the bicentenary in 2024. The focus of the NG200 project will be on improving the visitor experience by reimagining the public connection to Trafalgar Square and improving and upgrading the entrance and visitor amenities within the Grade I listed Sainsbury Wing.

The practice has partnered with Publica, Expedition, Atelier Ten, iM2 and Plan A Consultants.

Image © National Gallery

Ten years of The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield celebrates its tenth anniversary 21 May and on the same day re-opens to the public with an exhibition on the life and work of Barbara Hepworth. The art gallery has established itself both nationally and in the community, as recognised when it received the UK’s Museum of the Year Award in 2017. Continue reading

Turner turns ten

This week Turner Contemporary in Margate celebrates its tenth anniversary. The art gallery has become synonymous with the regeneration of the Kent coastal town, providing important cultural and social space for the local community and has welcomed 3.5 million visitors since 2011. The building is composed of six identical crystalline volumes with mono-pitched roofs resolutely opening towards the sea. A band of clerestory windows brings north light into the large gallery spaces on the first floor while the ground floor features flexible events and educational spaces, and a cafeteria, opening to the sea. Like many institutions closed during the pandemic, Turner Contemporary looks forward to reopening its doors again later this year.

Image © Simon Menges

New book on the Inagawa project in Japan

The 136-page publication is arranged by season through the work of photographer Risaku Suzuki who visited the chapel over the course of a year, capturing the changing conditions and atmosphere of the building and its interaction with the surrounding nature. Risaku Suzuki’s images interleaf the texts which include an essay by Japanese author Toshiyuki Horie; a conversation between the photographer Thomas Struth, David Chipperfield and Hideyuki Osawa (client and Director of Boenfukyukai Foundation) and landscape architect Marcia Iwatate. read more

11-19 Jane Street in New York

Situated within the Greenwich Village Historic District, this newly completed residential building comprises two duplex townhouses, lateral apartments and a penthouse with its own roof garden. The six-storey, brick-clad building replaces a two-storey parking garage and takes inspiration from the surrounding brick townhouses. Mediating between the sizes of the nearby structures, the building’s scale and material qualities help to complete the streetscape. The rhythm of the entrances and windows, and the use of mullions and string courses are all references to the rich domestic architecture of the West Village.

Image © James Ewing/JBSA

The Bryant in the AJ

The Bryant in New York is the subject of a building study in the latest issue of the Architects’ Journal. In an interview with architecture editor Rob Wilson, Associate Director and project architect Mattias Kunz discusses how the project mediated the concerns of an ambitious commercial client with the desire to create a robust piece of architecture that is sensitive to its historic setting. The interview also addresses critical questions of sustainable design and how the practice is responding to climate change. Continue reading

Domus 2020

David Chipperfield guest edited ten issues of the Italian architecture magazine through 2020. He was the third architect to edit the magazine as part of Domus’ 10 x 10 x 10 project, where ten architects edit ten monthly issues in the ten years leading to the magazine’s 100th anniversary in 2028. Through his editorship David sought to focus attention on architects’ professional position in a dramatically changing world, highlighting the need for architects to work together to redefine their role in the face of critical social and environmental challenges. Read more

Fundación RIA

The Fundación RIA is a private, non-profit, cultural entity founded by David Chipperfield in 2017. Its main objective is the analysis, debate, development and promotion of ideas to support the development and protection of the local economy, as well as the architectural, urban, natural and cultural values of the Atlantic estuaries of Galicia in north-west Spain. The foundation seeks to reconcile and strengthen the efforts of individuals and public or private institutions related to these areas, and, where appropriate, operate as an instrument for coordination of these institutions. Read more

Amorepacific headquarters

The new headquarters for Amorepacific, Korea’s largest beauty company, is located
in the centre of Seoul at a site which has been occupied by the company since 1956.
It is situated next to a former US military zone that is being transformed into the
spacious public Yongsan Park and a business district, which was part of a masterplan
representing the largest high-rise development in Korea that substantially altered the
urban fabric of the Yongsan district.

Neues Museum

The Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island was designed by Friedrich August Stüler and built between 1841 and 1859. Extensive bombing during the Second World War left the building in ruins, with entire sections missing completely and others severely damaged. Few attempts at repair were made after the war, and the structure was left exposed to nature.In 1997, David Chipperfield Architects won the international competition for the rebuilding of the Neues Museum in collaboration with Julian Harrap.


As a continuation of Friedrich August Stüler’s forum architecture, the James-Simon-Galerie serves as the new entrance building for Museum Island, completing the ensemble between the Kupfergraben canal and Neues Museum. Together with the ‘Archaeological Promenade’, it forms the backbone of the master plan that was developed in 1999 and adopted as the basis for all further planning on Museum Island. The building is sited on a narrow strip of land where Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s ‘Neuer Packhof’ administration building stood until 1938.

Hoxton Press

This residential project, won in competition, is located at the south-west corner of the Colville Estate, a housing development in Hackney, east London, built in the 1950s. It forms part of Hackney Council’s programme of redevelopment across the borough that calls for around 2,500 new homes to be built over the coming years. Karakusevic Carson Architects was originally commissioned to develop a comprehensive masterplan, which was adopted in 2011. The two residential towers, 16 and 20 storeys respectively, form part of this masterplan and are intended for private sale to co-fund the larger redevelopment of the estate.

On Planning – A Thought Experiment

This publication is the outcome of an 18-month dialogue between David Chipperfield and Simon Kretz as part of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé programme.

The collaboration led to a theoretical exercise examining the forces that influence the shape of cities, using the Bishopsgate goods yard site in East London as a case study. Exploring this further with teams at ETH Zurich, they highlighted conditions under which an ideal urban development project could flourish.


AV Monograph 209-210

Texts by Deborah Berke, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Richard Ingersoll, Sebastian Redecke, Flora Samuel and Deyan Sudjic. This survey features an examination of 36 works by David Chipperfield Architects.

Publisher: Arquitectura Viva SL, Madrid, Spain
Date: 2019