David Chipperfield Architects selected for LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub

Following an international competition, David Chipperfield Architects has been selected to design the “final set-piece” academic building in the redevelopment of the London School of Economics’ Holborn campus. The Firoz Lalji Global Hub will be located at 35 Lincoln’s Inn Fields and will include conference facilities, teaching spaces, digital labs, and a 350-seat theatre with the mission to address global issues. The design embraces the ethos of the new centre through a strategy of adaptive re-use. Large parts of the existing building will be retained as part of a commitment to a more resourceful and responsible approach to our future. Continue reading

A Ginza Boutique for AKRIS

Following the opening of the first prototype store in Washington DC, a second store has now opened in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The project continues David Chipperfield Architects Milan’s successful collaboration with AKRIS, a fashion house that began life in Saint Gallen, Switzerland, a city with a long history of embroidery. Continue reading

Procuratie Vecchie exhibition extended

Following its success since opening in December, the photographic exhibition of the Procuratie Vecchie at the Casabellalaboratorio, via Vigevano 8, Milan, has been extended and will now run until 31 March 2023. A collaboration between Generali and Casabella, the exhibition features photographs by Alessandra Chemollo that illustrate the continuous dialogue between old and new in the restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie building on the Piazza San Marco in Venice. Continue reading

Competition win for Masterplan LUXWERK

David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has won a competition for the masterplan of the LUXWERK Areal, in collaboration with Atelier Loidl and Arup. The masterplan transforms the former Osram factory premises in Berlin’s Spandau district into a pioneering technology campus, re-interpreting the unique character of the listed Osram glass factory. The new buildings reflect the existing buildings in terms of scale, position and building heights. Together with the historic building fabric, the expansion of the site will create 90,000 square metres of commercial industrial space. Through the redevelopment of the existing buildings as well as innovative construction methods and a maximum degree of flexibility for the new buildings, the transformation of the former industrial site aims to be an exemplar for a sustainable and contemporary industrial architecture. Continue reading

Museum of Cultures publication

In 1999, the Milan City Council began the process of transforming the former Ansaldo factory site into a cultural area. In 2015, during the Milan Expo, the City Council inaugurated the MUDEC, an acronym of Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), one of the buildings that forms part of the masterplan for this City of Cultures. The project was designed by the London and Milan offices of David Chipperfield Architects.

The long history of the project is now told in a book, which has been published by 24 ORE Cultura, the company that manages the museum and organises exhibitions in partnership with the City Council. Continue reading

Holocene candle holder

The Holocene candle holder by David Chipperfield is part of a series of fire-based light sources by Swedish lighting company Wästberg. The design explores the play with reflections, creating a simple piece that can be used in various ways. The classical approach of combining a light source with a mirror, increases the reflection of light into the room. The mirror, made of highly polished steel, is attached to a wall-mounted bracket, which holds the candle holder itself. The candle holder can be used hanging in the wall bracket together with the mirror, it can be removed and used alone on the table or together with a matching stand to create height. continue reading

Fundación RIA appointed to coordinate Territorial Agenda for Galicia

On 26 October in Santiago de Compostela, Fundación RIA formally launched the ambitious project to set the foundations for a territorial agenda for the region of Galicia. A collaboration between the non-profit initiative founded by David Chipperfield, the Regional Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, the Regional Ministry of Environment, Territory and Housing, and the Galician Architects' Association, the project stems from a conviction that Galicia can become a European benchmark for sustainability by 2030. Continue reading

Mayor of Paris officially opens Morland Mixité Capitale

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has officially opened the Morland Mixité Capitale building in the 4th arrondissemet. The 63,500m² complex, which involved the refurbishment, remodelling and the extension of the former Prefecture de Paris building has been renamed La Félicité Paris as part of the ceremony. The complex is the largest project within the mayor’s Reinventer Paris initiative which aims at reinventing 23 public spaces and buildings to offer a better quality of life in the city. It contains a mix of uses including market rate and social housing, a hotel and hostel, a food market and roof-top farming. It also showcases exemplary solutions to the pressing questions of sustainable urban design and has received several sustainability certificates.

Images © Simon Menges

David Chipperfield interview in Neue Zürcher Zeitung

On the occasion of opening of the Morland Mixité Capitale project in Paris last week, Neue Zürcher Zeitung correspondent Nina Belz spoke to David Chipperfield about the project as well as the Kunsthaus Zürich extension, which opened last year. David Chipperfield elaborates on what makes Morland Mixité Capitale so unusual and explains why it is only with government pressure and a robust planning system that private development can be expected to contribute meaningfully to the city.

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

David Chipperfield appointed Design Advocate for London

The Mayor of London has appointed David Chipperfield as one of 42 new Design Advocates – independent experts whose role is to ensure quality buildings and public spaces that benefit all Londoners. The new cohort will support the updated Good Growth by Design programme, reflecting the importance of an inclusive recovery from a pandemic that has highlighted inequalities in the capital and the need to counter racism and other forms of prejudice in the built environment. The Design Advocates will work on three main objectives: quality, recovery and representation.

David Chipperfield Architects. Architektur und Baudetails/Architecture and Construction Details

This monographic volume compiles articles by German DETAIL magazine. It takes a look behind the scenes, describes processes and shows many photographs and construction details of 23 projects of the office. Third expanded edition. Bilingual publication in German and English.

Publisher: Edition Detail, Munich
Date: 2022
ISBN: 978-3955535834
Hardcover, 240 pages
23.5 x 2.6 x 32.7 cm

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

Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum is home to one of the most comprehensive art collections in the US and is located in the city’s Forest Park. The original and main building, designed by Cass Gilbert, was built as one of the exhibition pavilions for the St Louis World’s Fair, held in 1904. Five years later it became the new home of the city’s art collection. Significant growth in the collection over recent years, combined with the ever-growing size of contemporary artworks and the need for increased below-ground parking provision as part of the park’s restoration, led to a major new commission to improve the museum.

HEC Paris MBA Building

The new MBA building for the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) is located on the school’s campus near the historic Paris suburb of Jouy-en-Josas. The existing 1964 campus consists of a series of pavilions in a wooded landscape. The original design intent had been compromised over the years, resulting in a campus which lacked focus and was in need of a clear entrance. The new building is the first stage of a masterplan to meet the demands of a growing student body and faculty.

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.