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Dignified restraint are the first words that pop into my mind when thinking of the architecture of David Chipperfield Architects, modified by the next adjective: ‘clever.’ If many of his works appear to be a return to the box, rather than thinking outside of it, on closer inspection one discovers ingenious plans and impeccably crafted structures that challenge the received notions of typology and craft. His works conform to a post-and-beam Vitruvian tectonics, usually resulting in parallelepipeds, shapes that have always been and that will always fit into every urban context. The materiality of these structures, whether made of concrete, stone, brick, or metal, consistently rewards the visitor with a powerful sense of identity and appropriateness, enforcing a pleasant feeling of minimalist luxury.