Amorepacific headquarters book is published

A new book on the Amorepacific headquarters in Seoul, edited by Something Fantastic and David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, has been published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König. The book compiles 860 documents that were generated during the planning and construction process of the building, which opened in 2018. The artefacts are complemented by two image series by photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu. Read more

Design Dispatches with David Chipperfield

Director and Chief Executive of the Design Museum Tim Marlow speaks to David Chipperfield for the latest in their Design Dispatches series. David talks about the significance of the Neues Museum project in Berlin in developing the practice’s collaborative approach to architecture and why creating an office culture has always been important to him. He also discusses the significance of his non-architectural work, such as the non-profit Fundación RIA and his 2020 Domus editorship, in articulating the concerns that cannot be directly addressed through architectural practice itself.

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Comment in The Guardian

Finn Williams and David Chipperfield have written an opinion piece in The Guardian that argues against the government’s plans to deregulate the planning process in an attempt to build more housing. Responding to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘new deal’ speech, they argue that the housing crisis that the UK is facing is “not because we have an over-regulated planning system but because we have a disenfranchised and dismantled one”. Pointing out that the private sector has failed to deliver either the number or quality of homes required over many years, the article makes the case for a stronger public sector, with the power and structures to plan proactively.

Finn Williams is co-founder of the Public Practice, a non-profit social enterprise that seeks to build the public sector’s capacity for proactive planning. He was interviewed by David Chipperfield in the July/August issue of Domus magazine.

Domus N.1048

The July–August issue of Domus magazine is now available. The theme of this month’s expanded editorial agenda is Nature which is explored through essays by Bernd Scherer, Luis Fernández-Galiano and Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani.

Also in the issue David Chipperfield talks to Finn Williams, co-founder of Public Practice, about his efforts to bridge the divide between architects and the public sector. Tim Snelson helps to disentangle the often paralysing complexities of architecture’s environmental impact, as picked up by Rowan Moore in The Guardian. Jasper Morrison and Francesca Picchi select four young Milanese designers who find inspiration in the “sincerity of materials”, and theatre director Robert Wilson discusses the significance of the chair – an enduring feature in his work and personal collection.

Carmen Würth Forum completed

The Carmen Würth Forum, a culture and congress centre designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin for the Adolf Würth company in Künzelsau, southern Germany, is now complete with the opening of the second phase. The extension adds a flexible conference area and an art museum with foyer and café – Museum Würth 2 – to the concert and large events halls, which opened in 2017.

Featuring key pieces of modern and contemporary art from the Würth Collection, the museum opens on to a sculpture park via a glazed belvedere. The diverse range of functions further establishes the complex’s conceptual idea of a forum and allows the building to be open continuously.

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Barbanza Ecosocial Lab launches online

The Barbanza Ecosocial Lab was formed earlier this year to research and promote environmental, social and economic sustainability in the Barbanza peninsula in Galicia. The project is an initiative of the Fundación RIA, which was set up by David Chipperfield in 2016, together with the HISTAGRA research group at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. It was made possible thanks to the collaboration between Fundación RIA and Fundación Banco Santander, which is funding the project.

The project has now launched its online platform to present its research and field studies carried out from January. Through engaging graphics, maps, videos and articles, online visitors can access the work, the people and the stories around the project and its research on sustainable development in the Galician peninsula.

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Inagawa Cemetery chapel and visitor centre

Inagawa Cemetery is located on a steep site in the Hokusetsu Mountain Range of the Hyogo prefecture, approximately 40 kilometres north of Osaka. The cemetery is laid out across terraces and bisected by a monumental flight of steps leading up to a shrine at the highest point – an axis that orients the whole project.

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.

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


DCA London signs declaration on climate crisis by leading UK practices

David Chipperfield Architects London is one of the lead signatories of a declaration on climate crisis. This declaration details a series of pledges that inform our design process and actively encourage clients to develop sustainable buildings.

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