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

Domus N.1049

The September issue of Domus magazine is out now. The expanded editorial agenda looks at the theme of Urbanity. While the future of vibrant city life remains under speculation, we consider those attributes that make it far more than a sum of its parts through essays by Rowan Moore, Jennifer Hattam and Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani.

Also in the issue David Chipperfield speaks to Indonesian architect Andra Matin about his distinctive form of practice, Álvaro Siza presents his early sketchbooks for a social housing project in Portugal, and Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich shares a passage on the accumulation of life lived in the kitchen during the Soviet era. Continue reading

Amorepacific headquarters book is published

A new book on the Amorepacific headquarters in Seoul, edited by Something Fantastic and David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, has been published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König. The book compiles 860 documents that were generated during the planning and construction process of the building, which opened in 2018. The artefacts are complemented by two image series by photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu. Read more

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.

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.

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.

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


DCA London signs declaration on climate crisis by leading UK practices

David Chipperfield Architects London is one of the lead signatories of a declaration on climate crisis. This declaration details a series of pledges that inform our design process and actively encourage clients to develop sustainable buildings.

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