Jacoby Studios complete in Paderborn

A new company headquarters building for Tap Holding has completed in the medieval town centre of Paderborn in west Germany. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, the project saw the restoration, conversion and extension of the former St. Vincenz hospital complex that itself grew out the ruins of a Capuchin monastery dating from the seventeenth century. The project involved the removal of the post-war additions, exposing the historic building fabric of the monastery which forms the foundation of the headquarters. New extension wings, ranging from two- to three-storeys, are arranged in accordance with the orthogonal structure of the original buildings. 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

Domus N.1050

The October issue of Domus magazine is now available. The issue opens with essays by Todd Gannon, Helen Thomas and Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani that explore the ever-evolving relationship between architecture and technology and the complex ways in which they continue to interact as both systems and cultural expression.

This month Jacques Herzog, Saif Ul Haque, Adam Caruso, Jeanne Gang, Alireza Taghaboni (NextOffice), Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks (MASS Design Group) and Hans Kollhoff, directly address the future of architecture. There is writing by Kazuko Koike, Jasper Morrison and Francesca Picchi on design, while Niels Olsen and Fred Fischli explain the collaboration between Roger Diener and Marc Camille Chaimovicz. 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.

Furla new flagship store opens in Milan

Furla is an Italian fashion company focusing on leather goods, including accessories, purses, shoes and above all bags. It was founded in Bologna in 1927 and is still owned by the Furlanetto family.

The new store concept was developed over the last year by David Chipperfield Architects Milan, with the direct involvement of Giovanna Furlanetto. It has been applied as the first prototype to the Milan store on the Piazza Duomo, which was completely refurbished during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Harlan + holden store in Seoul

Founded in 2015, harlan + holden is a clothing retailer with 20 stores across South Korea, Indonesia and The Philippines. This new store is located within the Lotte World Mall in the Songpa district of Seoul and was developed to serve and represent the brand’s philosophy in spatial and physical form. A curved façade is clad entirely in grooved terracotta panels while the interiors are finished in white textured plaster creating a neutral backdrop for the display of the clothing.

Image © Simon Menges

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 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.

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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