Morland Mixité Capitale in Paris completes

Following six years of design and construction, the mixed-use complex Morland Mixité Capitale in the centre of Paris has been completed. The building on the banks of the River Seine was originally constructed in the 1960s and has been refurbished, remodelled and extended. The official opening will take place on 22 June 2022. Continue reading

DCA selected for Canadian Parliamentary Precinct redevelopment

Following an international design competition, the Canadian Ministry of Public Services and Procurement has announced that the scheme designed by David Chipperfield Architects and Zeidler for Block 2 of Canada’s Parliamentary Precinct in Ottawa has been selected as the competition Laureate.

The urban block – which encompasses eleven buildings – will be redeveloped to provide office space for the Senate and the House of Commons and allow for the future consolidation of parliamentary accommodations, including space for the Library of Parliament. As a site of national importance, the project carries an additional responsibility to represent the values of a nation and a vision for its future. Continue reading

Procuratie Vecchie re-opens in Venice

A ceremony has been held to celebrate the re-opening of the Procuratie Vecchie on St. Mark’s Square in Venice. The five-year project, led by David Chipperfield Architects Milan and commissioned by Generali, repairs, reunifies and adapts the sixteenth-century structure and its complex successive modifications while integrating them with a series of new interventions to create a more coherent whole. Continue reading

Bötzow Brewery project in the AJ

The Bötzow Brewery project in Berlin is the subject of a building study in the latest issue of the Architects’ Journal. Architecture editor Rob Wilson spoke to Thomas Benk, associate at David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, about the practice’s ‘do less, add less’ approach to the restoration and conversion of the seven historic buildings, the last three of which have recently been completed. He writes that “what appears at first sight as a light-touch aesthetic is indicative rather of an increasingly sophisticated and forensic approach to retrofit at the core of DCA’s practice.” Continue reading

Building permit for Palazzo Benetton in Treviso

Treviso City Council has unanimously approved the building application for Palazzo Benetton which is now entering its final design and construction phase directed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan in collaboration with TA Architettura. Palazzo Benetton is conceived as a contemporary counterpoint to the historic Palazzo Ancilotto in the Borgo Cavour district of the city. It is positioned to the rear of the older building, from which it derives its dimensions and proportions. Continue reading

The situation in Ukraine

Given the invasion of Ukraine, and with the full understanding and support of our clients, David Chipperfield Architects has decided to suspend all work in Russia. We condemn the actions of Putin and the Russian government and stand in solidarity with Ukraine and its people. As a practice we believe in dialogue, openness and engagement; values that are directly opposed to the ongoing war. We call for an immediate end to this human tragedy and our thoughts are with the innocent victims of this unjustified action.

Image courtesy of Turner Contemporary, photographed by Samuel Keyte, featuring a projection by Projections on Walls

Grand Theatre and hotel complex complete in Jingdezhen

After only two years of planning and construction, the Grand Theatre and a hotel complex have been completed in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. The new buildings are located in an extensive area of large former porcelain factory buildings, which is being transformed into a mixed-use quarter named Ceramic Art Avenue Taoxichuan. A third project, the Academy of Music, is due to complete later this year. Continue reading

Competition win for Development Schützenstraße, Munich

David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has won the competition for the development of a mixed-use complex in the heart of Munich. On Friday 4 February the jury, chaired by Professor Ludwig Wappner, selected the office’s design, which was developed in collaboration with the landscape architects Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten, from a total of 11 entries from international architecture practices. Continue reading

Neue Nationalgalerie shortlisted for the EU Mies Award 2022

Mies van der Rohe’s refurbished Neue Nationalgalerie, a project led by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin between 2012 and 2021, has been shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2022. The project follows the idea of the ‘invisible architect’ where any updates or modifications were subservient to Mies’ original vision. Continue reading

Fundación RIA

The Fundación RIA is a private, non-profit, cultural entity founded by David Chipperfield in 2017. Its main objective is the analysis, debate, development and promotion of ideas to support the development and protection of the local economy, as well as the architectural, urban, natural and cultural values of the Atlantic estuaries of Galicia in north-west Spain. The foundation seeks to reconcile and strengthen the efforts of individuals and public or private institutions related to these areas, and, where appropriate, operate as an instrument for coordination of these institutions. Read more

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.

Publications

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.

Inagawa Cemetery Chapel and Visitor Centre

The 136-page publication is arranged by season through the work of photographer Risaku Suzuki who visited the cemetery over the course of a year. Suzuki’s images interleaf the texts which include an essay by Japanese author Toshiyuki Horie; a conversation between the photographer Thomas Struth, David Chipperfield and Hideyuki Osawa, Director of the Boenfukyukai Foundation; and reflections by Hideyuki Osawa and David Chipperfield on the ambitions and collaborative process of conceiving, designing and building the project. The book is designed by John Morgan studio and produced by the Boenfukyukai Foundation in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects.

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.

Amorepacific headquarters

The new headquarters for Amorepacific, Korea’s largest beauty company, is located
in the centre of Seoul at a site which has been occupied by the company since 1956.
It is situated next to a former US military zone that is being transformed into the
spacious public Yongsan Park and a business district, which was part of a masterplan
representing the largest high-rise development in Korea that substantially altered the
urban fabric of the Yongsan district.