New commission to renovate the Central Telegraph building in Moscow

David Chipperfield Architects has been appointed to renovate the former Soviet telecommunications headquarters following an international selection process. The listed, purpose-built Central Telegraph building was completed in 1927 after a design by Ivan Rerberg. It is located in a prominent historic neighbourhood in central Moscow, close to Red Square and the Kremlin. More recently the building was converted into office space and subsequently lost its role in the life of the city. The project will see the careful restoration of the building, while equipping it to modern standards. It will be sensitively opened to the public allowing the building to become an active part of the city of Moscow once again.

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SSENSE Montreal wins two ACI Awards

The Quebec and Eastern Ontario chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), has announced the winners of the inaugural Concrete Construction Excellence Awards. From 28 selected projects, the SSENSE Montreal boutique project developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan received two prizes. The first award was in the Exposed or Decorative Concrete category while the second was the overall Architectural Merit Award.

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Covid-19 update

The health and safety of our staff, clients and collaborators is our most important responsibility. In light of the present COVID-19 outbreak, we are adopting several new processes in our offices to ensure that we can continue to work as efficiently as possible on all our projects. These processes respond to the local conditions for each office. We remain open, fully functional and committed to continuing our work, and can be contacted through the usual channels.

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Amorepacific headquarters post occupancy energy evaluation

Following its first year of being fully operational, the Amorepacific headquarters’ engineering designers Arup have conducted an evaluation of the building’s overall annual energy consumption. For this study, the building’s performance data was measured and compared with benchmarks for South Korean commercial buildings. The findings show that the building is using 50% less electricity and gas than these internationally comparable benchmark values, demonstrating that the low energy design approach has been successfully carried through into operation.

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Domus N.1046

The May issue of Domus is now available. This month’s expanded editorial agenda looks at the topic of shelter and home. While many of us find ourselves adjusting to our new domestic isolation in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, the issue reflects on the role of architecture in addressing the worldwide disparity of living conditions through essays by Tomà Berlanda, Richard Sennett and Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani.

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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.

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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

James-Simon-Galerie Berlin

Texts by Adrian von Buttlar, Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper, Regula Lüscher , Martin Maischberger, Olaf Matthers, Rafael Moneo, Andreas Scholl, Peter-Klaus Schuster, Alexander Schwarz, Heinrich Wefing, Hans Witschurke, Richard Sennett in conversation with David Chipperfield. Photography by Thomas Struth

Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
Date: 2019


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 recent 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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