Domus N.1051

The November issue of Domus magazine – the last to be guest-edited by David Chipperfield in 2020 – is now available. Over the ten months, the agenda section has sought to focus attention on architects’ professional position in a dramatically changing world, emphasising the role of practice rather than the publication of projects. Here the topic of scale is explored in essays by Saskia Sassen, Lucia Allais and Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani. Continue reading

Jacoby Studios receives three commendations

The recently completed Jacoby studios project in Paderborn, western Germany, has received three awards or nominations. It is one of three winners of the Respekt und Perspektive, Bauen im Bestand 2020 award for refurbishment and redevelopment projects, given by db Deutsche Buzeitung, and was selected by the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen to win a Vorbildliche Bauten NRW 2020 award. Together with the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Jacoby studios is also nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award, to be chosen in 2021. Continue reading

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James-Simon-Galerie wins Architekturpreis Berlin 2020

The James-Simon-Galerie is one of three winners, selected from 153 projects, to receive the Architekturpreis Berlin 2020. The prize is awarded every three years under the patronage of the Berlin Senator for Urban Development and Housing. It honours architecture and public spaces for their quality, creative impact, technical innovation and commitment to sustainable urban living in Berlin.

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Suit-Case travel bag for Tsatsas

Suit-Case is the result of a collaboration between the German luxury bag manufacturer Tsatsas and David Chipperfield Design. The travel bag launched online in November.

Born out of the desire to create a bag that accommodates the lifestyle of the economical traveller, Suit-Case weighs only 2.7kg and is hand-luggage sized. It is handmade entirely of ecologically conscious materials, embodying the aesthetics of understatement and clarity while eschewing short-lived trends. Continue reading

The Torlonia Marbles: Collecting Masterpieces

The long-awaited Torlonia Marbles exhibition, which was designed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan, was inaugurated at the Villa Caffarelli in Rome 12 October in the presence of the President of the Republic, the Minister of Culture and the Mayor of Rome. The exhibition showcases a selection of almost 100 classical sculptures from the Torlonia Collection, a private collection begun by Prince Alessandro Torlonia in the nineteenth century that has not been on public display for several decades. Continue reading

Hertogensite residences receive planning permission

The City of Leuven has granted planning permission for a new residential development to be built on the fringes of the medieval core of the Belgian city. The project forms part of a masterplan for the redevelopment of a former hospital campus and comprises a 14-storey tower connected to nine townhouses and a four-storey apartment building. The scheme unifies these three distinct typologies into one through a coherent architectural language defined by the size of a living unit and the consistent use of grey-coloured brick cladding. Work is expected to start on the project later this year with completion due in autumn 2022.

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.

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.

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.

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


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