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. 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.

Morland Mixité Capitale in Der Spiegel

“Paris is becoming green” is the title of Britta Sandberg’s recent article in the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel which includes extracts from an interview with David Chipperfield and covers the practice’s Morland Mixité Capitale project in the city. The article discusses how Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, is driving change in Paris’ urban development in order for it to remain liveable. Hidalgo’s “ecological transformation of the city” includes closing off streets to cars, creating new bicycle paths and planting trees, but also bringing living and working closer together. As an example of the latter, Sandberg selects Morland Mixité Capitale, a project currently under construction in central Paris.

24 columns for Rinascente

Rinascente department store in Milan has opened its fifth floor to the public following completion of the first phase of the renovation project. The interior design, developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan in collaboration with Rinascente, includes a large central area defined by a grey granite ‘carpet' on which a collection of maple wood furnishings are positioned to display multi-brand products. The mono-brand products are placed around the perimeter beyond a glass ‘skirt’.

The most significant architectural element is the 24 white plaster mushroom columns that give a clear and dynamic identity to the space and refer to Rinascente’s role as an umbrella covering the various products on sale.

Work on the second phase will continue throughout the Summer to allow the fifth floor to be fully completed in September.

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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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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Royal Academy of Arts masterplan

Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts is the oldest arts institution in Britain. Since 1868 the Royal Academy has been based in Burlington House on Piccadilly, in central London. In 2001 the RA acquired 6 Burlington Gardens, an Italianate building of comparable size located immediately to the north of Burlington House and oriented in the opposite direction. Originally designed in the 1860s as the Senate House for the University of London, 6 Burlington Gardens had been modified over the years.

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.

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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