James-Simon-Galerie shortlisted for RIBA International Prize 2021

The James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin has been selected as one of three projects for the shortlist of the RIBA International Prize. The prize is awarded to a building which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and delivers meaningful social impact. The 2021 winner of the RIBA International Prize will be announced in early 2022.

All three shortlisted projects received a RIBA International Award for Excellence earlier this year, a selection of 16 projects which also included a further project of the practice, Amorepacific headquarters in Seoul.

Dunard Centre receives planning approval

The City of Edinburgh Council has granted planning permission for a new 1000-seat performance venue within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Edinburgh’s New Town. The Dunard Centre will be the city’s first purpose-built music and performance venue in over 100 years. Embedded in the dense area of Registry Lanes and also on the grand civic axis with Dundas House, the building creates a series of rich, continuous, high-quality and accessible public spaces that better connect the previously fractured surroundings. The project is a respectful new addition to its historic context that will revive the complex site and provide a new cultural destination of both local and international significance.

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Soane Medal Lecture 2021: Marina Tabassum

The Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum has been selected as the 2021 Soane Medalist. Delivering her lecture via a livestream from Sir John Soane’s Museum, Tabassum outlined her approach to an architectural practice of resistance, forging a role that is deeply embedded in the service of her own country with its challenging environmental and social conditions, while also maintaining a strong command of the physical qualities of architecture and its substance. Following the lecture, David Chipperfield chaired a panel discussion with Priya Khanchandani (Design Museum) and Adrian Lahoud (Royal College of Arts) to expand on the global relevance of Tabassum’s work as a model for addressing the volatile conditions of environmental degradation and the social inequality experienced in communities around the world, as well as the use of public platforms to advocate for change.

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Five voices on Marina Tabassum

Soane Medal 2021

Refurbished Neue Nationalgalerie re-opens in Berlin

The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin will re-open in an official ceremony on 21 August, organised by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin State Museums). From 22 August, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's iconic gallery will be open to the public once again.

Originally completed in 1968, the listed building required a comprehensive refurbishment after almost fifty years of intensive use. Appointed in 2012, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin worked on restoring the existing building fabric and upgrading it to current technical standards with a minimum of visual compromise to the building’s original appearance. After five years of construction, dismantling, restoring and reinstalling 35,000 original building components, the project completed in April 2021.

Urban Land Institute Germany Awards 2021

David Chipperfield has received the Urban Land Institute Germany’s Lifetime Award at a ceremony held at the Wintergarten Varieté, Berlin. Established in 2005, the awards recognise individuals ‘for their distinctive foresight, strong sense of responsibility, entrepreneurial thinking and action, as well as their consistent commitment to preserving the quality of life in our cities’. In his laudatory speech, Caspar Schmitz-Morkramer paid particular tribute to the practice’s work in Germany over the last 20 years and the mediation between old and new fabric.

New publication by Arquitectura Viva

David Chipperfield Architects 1984-2021 is a new publication by Arquitectura Viva, edited by Luis Fernandez-Galiano. The bilingual Spanish and English volume contains 65 projects combing the two previous monographs published by Arquitectura Viva as well as some current work, published for the first time. The projects are accompanied by five essays reflecting on the studio’s interest in history, culture, public space, materials and the city.

New Kunsthaus Zürich opens

Following twelve years of planning and construction, the new extension to the Kunsthaus Zürich will open to the public on Saturday 9 October. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, the new freestanding building extends the existing Kunsthaus Zürich to become the largest art museum in Switzerland. It faces the original institution across Heimplatz, defining an urban square to the south and a new art garden to the north which are connected by a large, publicly accessible central hall. The new Kunsthaus will display a collection of classic modernism, the Bührle collection, and contemporary art from 1960 onwards as well containing spaces for temporary exhibitions and events.

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1014 project on show in New York

As part of New York’s architecture and design festival Archtober, the winning competition proposal for the redesign of 1014 Fifth Avenue is currently on display within the building. The 1906 townhouse is owned by the German government and will be renovated and reconfigured to become a cultural centre for transatlantic dialogue and exchange between Germany and the USA. The design opens up the house to promote the sharing ideas, building on its domestic history as a former German ambassador’s residence to combine a residency scheme with a public programme.

The exhibition, 1014 Past and Future, is open to the public on 1014 Fifth Avenue until 17 October and is accompanied by a series of events, including a conversation between David Chipperfield and Barry Bergdoll (Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University) at 16.00 EST on Saturday 16 October.

Awards for The Bryant and Jane Street

Two New York residential projects designed by the practice have received awards at the sixth annual Architecture MasterPrize. The Bryant was recognised as the Best of the Best in the High Rise category and 11–19 Jane Street won a Residential Architecture – Multi Unit award. The two buildings, which are located in Midtown Manhattan and the West Village respectively, are both contemporary interpretations of the historic architecture that surrounds them.

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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

Restoration of the former Bötzow brewery completed

The seven historic buildings on the former brewery site in Berlin-Mitte have been given a new lease of life through adaptive re-use and sensitive restoration spanning six years. The late nineteenth-century buildings will accommodate a new diverse programme with spaces for The Future Lab, a digital development initiative by the medical technology company Ottobock. Other areas have been transformed into co-working spaces with fitness and wellness facilities in the former industrial basements. In the future an expansive beer garden will provide a new location in the city where the original open-air garden was once situated. Continue reading

University campus in Padua receives outline planning permission

The City of Padua has granted outline planning permission for the construction of the University of Padua’s new campus of Social and Economic Sciences. The project, developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan in collaboration with engineering company Steam, will be built on the site of the former Caserma Piave, a barracks complex in the south-west of Padua’s historic centre, which includes the former Sant’Agostino convent, used as part of the barracks since the nineteenth century. The design proposes both the recovery of historic buildings for teaching, administrative and research activities, and the introduction of a new elliptical building, a pavilion at the centre of the campus accommodating study areas, conference facilities and dining spaces. Continue reading

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

David Chipperfield 're-thinking the city' 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.

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.


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.

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.

Inagawa Cemetery Chapel and Visitor Centre

The 136-page publication is arranged by season through the work of photographer Risaku Suzuki who visited the cemetery over the course of a year. 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, Director of the Boenfukyukai Foundation; and reflections by Hideyuki Osawa and David Chipperfield on the ambitions and collaborative process of conceiving, designing and building the project. The book is designed by John Morgan studio and produced by the Boenfukyukai Foundation in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects.

Inagawa Cemetery chapel and visitor centre

Inagawa Cemetery is located on a steep site in the Hokusetsu mountain range of 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.

Domus 2020 guest editorship

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