Project of the Year 2021

In a virtual ceremony held on Thursday, 25 February 2021, the Amorepacific headquarters was awarded Commercial/Industrial Project of the Year at the 2021 CIBSE Building Performance Awards. These awards recognise the people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment. They focus on actual, measured performance outcomes, rather than design intent or performance specifications. The judges praised the Amorepacific headquarters for incorporating an impressive range of features that address both local challenges and the global climate agenda. Continue reading

Rockbund Project nears completion in Shanghai

Façade construction on Rockbund 6, the final component of the Rockbund Project, has completed and the scaffolding has been removed. It reveals the three-storey listed façade of the former Andrews & George Building (1887) that has been carefully cleaned, repaired and restored, as well as the new the eleven-storey extension. This red brick, stacked tower forms a strong marker at the edge of the Rockbund development, blending the historic urban fabric with the new, high-rise city beyond. The interiors of the building, which will be used as offices, will finish later this year marking the completion of the entire Rockbund Project and ending 15 years of work by David Chipperfield Architects on the collection of eleven historic buildings.

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Lah Contemporary receives planning permission

Lah Contemporary, a new art museum set in the scenic landscape of Bled, Slovenia, has received its construction permit. The museum will house a private collection featuring a wide range of art by major Slovenian and international artists. Its design is shaped by both the surrounding topography and the size and specifications of the individual artworks. Work will start on site later this spring, with completion due in 2022.

Order of the Companions of Honour

The Queen has ordered the appointment of David Chipperfield to be a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for his services to architecture, as announced in the 2021 New Year Honours list. The order was founded in 1917 and contains a maximum of 65 members at any time, including the Sovereign. Members include those who have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine and government. David was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany in 2010. Continue reading

Kunsthaus Zürich extension completes

After twelve years of planning and construction, the extension to the Kunsthaus Zürich is now complete. On 11 December 2020, the keys to the new building were handed over to the client in a virtual ceremony. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, the new freestanding museum building faces the original Kunsthaus across Heimplatz. Together the two buildings define this urban square and are connected by an underground passageway. A central hall spans the full length of the extension building, creating a link between Heimplatz and a new Garden of Art to the north.

With this extension, the institution now stands as the largest art museum in Switzerland. It will open to the public in October 2021.
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Neue Nationalgalerie nears completion

With the roof and façade of the Neue Nationalgalerie now revealed for the first time in several years, an important step on the way to the museum’s re-opening has been reached. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the key handover ceremony for the Neue Nationalgalerie has recently had to be postponed to April 2021. Its re-opening to the public is planned for later in the year.

Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie is one of the icons of twentieth-century architecture. Inaugurated 15 September 1968, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin was appointed to refurbish the building in 2012.

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Looking back at Domus 2020

The November issue of Domus completes David Chipperfield’s 2020 guest editorship of the Italian architecture and design magazine. Through the ten issues he has 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.

David now hands over to Tadao Ando who will become the fourth guest editor of Domus’ 10x10x10 project, where ten architects edit ten monthly issues in the ten years leading to the magazine’s 100th anniversary in 2028.

A call for new UK policy

David Chipperfield is one of 35 signatories of an open letter, published in The Times on 16 January, calling on the UK Government to adopt the recommendations of the Architects’ Journal’s RetroFirst campaign and facilitate the re-use of existing buildings. As host for the United Nation’s climate change conference later this year, the UK should set an example and urgently address policy change to promote a circular economy in the construction industry, such as cutting VAT on refurbishments, changing planning and building regulations as well as favouring re-use solutions for all public projects. The industry is currently responsible for 45% of the the nation’s carbon emissions and it is estimated that over 50,000 buildings are demolished each year in the UK.

RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge

On behalf of the London office, David Chipperfield has signed up to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge. The campaign has been developed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to help architects act against the global climate crisis. The construction industry today accounts for 38% of global emissions of carbon dioxide. Signatories will aim to reduce carbon emissions from their buildings to net zero by 2030 with incremental targets to gradually reduce the impact on the planet. It is an ambitious aim but an enormous opportunity for design, requiring focus on the quality of processes rather than a fixed idea of what architecture should look like.

Fundación RIA signs agreement with the Galician Government

In his role as president of Fundación RIA David Chipperfield met with Galician Minister for Infrastructure and Mobility Ethel Vázquez on the 18 January to sign an official agreement of collaboration. It commits an investment of €212,000 towards the foundation’s ongoing work on the AC-305 regional road that cuts through towns of the Barbanza region. The project aims to give back priority to pedestrians and urban identity impacted by the effects of traffic planning, and to be part of a larger reconsideration of mobility and sustainable development for the dispersed settlements of the region.

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.

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.

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