Turner turns ten

This week Turner Contemporary in Margate celebrates its tenth anniversary. The art gallery has become synonymous with the regeneration of the Kent coastal town, providing important cultural and social space for the local community and has welcomed 3.5 million visitors since 2011. The building is composed of six identical crystalline volumes with mono-pitched roofs resolutely opening towards the sea. A band of clerestory windows brings north light into the large gallery spaces on the first floor while the ground floor features flexible events and educational spaces, and a cafeteria, opening to the sea. Like many institutions closed during the pandemic, Turner Contemporary looks forward to reopening its doors again later this year.

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11-19 Jane Street in New York

Situated within the Greenwich Village Historic District, this newly completed residential building comprises two duplex townhouses, lateral apartments and a penthouse with its own roof garden. The six-storey, brick-clad building replaces a two-storey parking garage and takes inspiration from the surrounding brick townhouses. Mediating between the sizes of the nearby structures, the building’s scale and material qualities help to complete the streetscape. The rhythm of the entrances and windows, and the use of mullions and string courses are all references to the rich domestic architecture of the West Village.

Image © James Ewing/JBSA

National Gallery competition shortlist

David Chipperfield Architects is one of six teams shortlisted by the National Gallery for a competition to work on their Trafalgar Square buildings ahead of the bicentenary in 2024. The focus of the NG200 project will be on improving the visitor experience by reimagining the public connection to Trafalgar Square and improving and upgrading the entrance and visitor amenities within the Grade I listed Sainsbury Wing.

The practice has partnered with Publica, Expedition, Atelier Ten, iM2 and Plan A Consultants.

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New book on the Inagawa project in Japan

The 136-page publication is arranged by season through the work of photographer Risaku Suzuki who visited the chapel over the course of a year, capturing the changing conditions and atmosphere of the building and its interaction with the surrounding nature. Risaku 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 (client and Director of Boenfukyukai Foundation) and landscape architect Marcia Iwatate. read more

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.

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.

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.

Image © Fangfang Tian

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.

David Chipperfield to serve on Aga Khan Award steering committee

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has announced the members of the Steering Committee for the 2020-2022 cycle. Established by Aga Khan IV in 1977 the award is given every three years, recognising architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture that address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world, in which Muslims have a significant presence.

Following his serving on the Master Jury in 2019, this year David Chipperfield will join Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Emre Arolat, Meisa Batayneh, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Nasser Rabbat, Marina Tabassum and Sarah M. Whiting on the Steering Committee which is chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. In addition to selecting the Master Jury, the committee also establishes the thematic direction of the Awards and develops plans for its cyclical and long-term future.

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

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.

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.

James-Simon-Galerie

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.

Publications

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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