Museo Jumex in Mexico City has been placed on the final shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ inaugural global architecture award, the RIBA International Prize. Hundreds of entries from 50 countries were considered, with an initial shortlist of 30 including three of David Chipperfield Architects’ buildings, Moganshan Road, Saint Louis Art Museum and Museo Jumex. Today it has been announced that both the latter are among 21 buildings to receive an RIBA International Award for Excellence, with Museo Jumex one of six to be further considered for the ultimate RIBA International Prize.
A Grand Jury will visit the shortlisted projects in the coming weeks with the final winner being announced on Thursday 24 November. The jury includes Philip Gumuchdjian, founder of Gumuchdjian Architects and Chair of RIBA Awards, Billie Tsien, founding partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Kunlé Adeyemi, founder and principal of NLÉ, Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Fine Arts, and will be chaired by Sir Richard Rogers.
The Museo Jumex houses part of the Colección Jumex, one of the largest private art collections in Latin America. Defined by its tight, triangular plot, the ground level opens up to the city. Clad in locally sourced travertine the building is crowned by a distinctive sawtooth roof that brings natural light into the top floor galleries.
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Work is now on site for the Mughal Museum in Agra near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. The project is part of a larger masterplan led by Archohm for the surrounding area, which also comprises the Taj Orientation Centre and the Taj Ganj Visitors' Centre. The museum will accommodate 5,200 m² for permanent and temporary exhibitions and is dedicated to the history and culture of the Mughals, a dynasty that ruled over Northern India for over three centuries. Construction is scheduled to be completed next year.
A ceremony marking the topping out of the Bryant in New York was held Tuesday evening on the tower’s 32nd floor. Invited guests and key journalists ascended the tower for a celebratory toast followed by a brief speech by David Chipperfield. The tower, which overlooks Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, will contain a hotel and private residences as well as retail units on the ground floor. It follows the traditional New York tower tripartite arrangement of base, shaft and crown. Expected to be completed next spring, the Bryant is David Chipperfield Architects’ first residential tower in the United States.
Photograph by Billy Prendergast
Xixi Wetland Estate has won a LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) Award in the category of residential building of the year – multiple occupancy. The project, which was designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin and Shanghai, is located in a national wetland park on the outskirts of Hangzhou. The buildings are placed on stone plinths and sit in a water garden reminiscent of the wetland park.
The awards ceremony took place on the 14 October in London with the winner decided by a panel of nine judges.
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Almost 300 members from all four offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai gathered in La Serenissima last weekend. All staff met in the Biennale grounds before visiting other sites in various parts of the city culminating in a grand party at the recently restored Scuola Grande della Misericordia in Cannaregio. The party was organised by David Chipperfield Architects Milan to celebrate their 10th anniversary and to mark the occasion of this remarkable gathering a photograph of the united offices was taken in the Giardini.
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On Monday 17 October David Chipperfield will give the 10th annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture, an annual lecture on excellence in museum design hosted by the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) Cultural Facilities Committee. The lecture will centre on museum projects and look at the changing role of the museum.
Arthur Rosenblatt was the Vice President for Architecture and Planning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 19 years and director of the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the lecture series was set up to honour his long-term commitment to museum design. Notable former speakers include Richard Meier, Mosche Safdie, Todd Williams and Billie Tsien.
The event will be co-chaired by Scott Briggs and Heidi Kippenhan of the AIANY and hosted by the Center for Architecture in New York.
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In his new book ‘Nahaufnahmen – Fünfzig Gespräche mit dem Leben‘, the author, director and TV producer Gero von Boehm publishes 50 interviews with, amongst others, Lars Eidinger, Federico Fellini, Karl Lagerfeld, Arthur Miller, Helmut Newton, Peter Handke, Jonathan Meese, Susan Sontag, Patti Smith, Norman Mailer and David Chipperfield.
The family of art collector and curator Heiner Bastian has donated the gallery building ‘Am Kupfergraben 10’ in Berlin to the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) to be used as a centre for cultural education and communication. Completed in 2007 and designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, the building is located in direct vicinity to Berlin’s Museum Island. The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz will use the new centre for workshops, lectures and roundtables relating to museum visits.
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The Neues Museum is featured in the 4th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The Triennale is an open platform for debate, research and the promotion of contemporary architecture. This year’s edition, entitled ‘The Form of Form’ and curated by André Tavares and Diogo Seixas Lopes, aims to explore the possibility of architecture as a cultural device. The programme is structured around three core exhibitions: ‘The Form of Form’, ‘Building Site’ and ‘The World in Our Eyes’ as well as a number of further exhibitions and associated projects.
The ‘Building Site’ programme features a drawing mapping out the restoration of the ceiling of the Roman Room at the Neues Museum. The museum on Berlin’s Museum Island was rebuilt by David Chipperfield Architects and reopened in 2009, after more than sixty years as a ruin. The complex mapping of the restoration strategy demonstrates the multitude of individual procedures that were necessary for the conservation of the fragile original material. The drawing captures three distinct layers of information: the printed layer is a survey of the existing conditions prior to restoration; various codes and hatches instruct the conservators on how to treat the building surfaces; and the hand-drawn pencil annotations are added on-site, recording the work that has been done.
The Triennale takes place from 5 October to 11 December 2016.
Construction of the Carmen Würth Forum has reached a key stage with the topping out of the ‘event and chamber music hall’. The project, located adjacent to the Würth headquarters in Künzelsau, Southwest Germany, was designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin. The building is embedded in the landscape and will create a new plateau, with two retaining walls made of in-situ concrete framing an open courtyard in front of the main entrance. This space can be used for open-air concerts and other activities. The large indoor event hall is accessed from a naturally lit foyer. While the lower part of this hall is sunk, the upper part is glazed and rises above the terrain. A small chamber music hall is placed adjacent to the main hall and is only perceptible from the outside as an undulation of the landscape. Completion of the ‘event and chamber music hall’ is due in July 2017. A conference centre and a museum for the Würth art collection are to follow in a second construction stage.
David Chipperfield will give the keynote lecture at the 6th Baltic Sea Region Cultural Heritage Forum in Kiel today. The conference aims to raise awareness of post-war built cultural heritage and brings together experts from the heritage sector, architects, planners, researchers, politicians, property owners, developers and other related professions.
Under the title: ‘Restorations and reconstructions: reflections on Berlin’, the lecture will centre on work in Berlin and specifically the 11-year restoration of the Neues Museum and the ongoing refurbishment of Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie. The former is a balancing act between repairing, conserving, restoring and recreating while the latter is closer to the meticulous restoration of ancient monuments. Reflecting on different approaches the lecture will argue that energetic public engagement is crucial to the ongoing debate about the development and protection of our cities.
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Following a public talk given by David Chipperfield at the Haus der Kunst in Munich on Friday 16th September, this weekend’s Süddeutsche Zeitung featured an article on the practice’s vision for the renovation of the museum. In conversation with museum director Okwui Enwezor, David Chipperfield elaborated on issues surrounding the design and renovation of landmark buildings before presenting his draft concept for the Haus der Kunst. The article discusses plans to better integrate the building into the city fabric and to bring parts that have been closed off for years back into public use.
Two Valentino flagship stores in London and Rome are the subject of an extensive feature in this month’s Domus magazine. David Chipperfield Architects Milan has been working in close collaboration with Valentino’s creative directors since 2008. The concept is centred on the idea of creating spaces of permanence and simplicity reminiscent of classical palazzi. The format replaces the usual superficial decoration and scenography often used for retail spaces with a timeless expression of architectural form in durable and solid materials. Both the London and Rome stores mark an important step in the store concept’s evolution. The store on Bond Street occupies the entire building with a new façade which introduces Portland stone to the palette, while a core element housing the lifts and staircases is entirely made of oak. Returning to Valentino’s original roots in Rome, new materials and local techniques have been added to the established vocabulary. Non-structural arches on the first floor have been finished with polished white plaster while on the ground floor double layers of brick combine both loadbearing and reinforcing arches.
A team from the University of Stuttgart led by Alexander Schwarz in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects Berlin are one of three winners of the Piranesi Prix de Rome’s Imperial Forum competition. Organised by the Accademia Adrianea di Architettura e Archologia, the international ideas competition called for proposals that looked at the relationship between architecture and archaeology. The brief focussed on Rome’s central area, the Via dei Fori Imperiale which is situated between the Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum.
The design centres on the transformation of the 1930’s urban axis and the historic excavation area into a central park. Inspired by the tradition of the romantic landscape garden, the different archaeological layers are modulated into a continuous topography. Six new buildings, including a museum, a new main entrance to the Forum Romanum, a restaurant, a café and an underground antiquarium, are inserted into the landscape.
On Friday 16th September Haus der Kunst in Munich will host a conversation between David Chipperfield and museum director Okwui Enwezor. The talk forms part of a series of public conversations being hosted by Haus der Kunst on the state of the museum as a cultural and social conductor in today’s global culture. The topic of the conversation will be 'Renovate/Innovate' and will look at issues surrounding the design and renovation of landmark buildings, the civic function of museums in the contemporary public sphere and the role of art institutions as spaces of creativity and production of cultural capital. In 2013 David Chipperfield Architects was commissioned to lead an extensive renovation of Haus der Kunst, and the series of talks marks the beginning of this process.
For tickets and further information please visit the Haus der Kunst website.
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The topping out ceremony was celebrated this weekend for the new chapel and visitor centre of Inagawa Reien cemetery. Forty kilometres north of Osaka, the cemetery is situated on a steep mountainside of the Hokusetsu chain in the Hyogo prefecture. The two buildings are arranged around a new sheltered garden, serving as a threshold between the outer world and a quieter space for commemoration. Rough sandblasted red concrete volumes form an intimate complex that is in tune with the dominant slope of the site. Completion of the new building is due in 2017.
The German newspaper Tagesspiegel has published an article on the ‘idea-finding process’ for a site in Berlin’s Tiergarten.
The investor F&B Group invited David Chipperfield Architects, Studio Libeskind, Herzog & DeMeuron, Sauerbruch Hutton and Hadi Teherani Architects to submit ideas for a new building.
The site is adjacent to Hansaviertel, a small district in central Berlin, which is characterised by the protected ensemble of buildings from the 1957 International Building Exhibition.
No decision has been reached yet.
A new edition of El Croquis was released this week, featuring work by David Chipperfield Architects between 2006-2014.
The bi-lingual 632-page issue is a consolidation of the two previous editions on the practice, covering projects from all four offices, with additional material and interviews by Juan Antonio Cortés, Emilio Tuñón and Rafael Moneo.
We are pleased to announce a New Collaboration with Brioni starting with the Paris Flagship Store that opened in July 2016. Situated at 370 Rue Saint-Honoré, the 590 sqm Flagship Store is the first to feature the New Concept developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan as part of the new brand vision under the creative direction of Justin O’Shea. Depicting the contemporary essence of Rome where Brioni’s roots and tailoring tradition merge past and present, the design looks to combine ideas of luxury and simplicity, craftsmanship and industrialisation, tradition and a vision for the future.
Architectural elements are carefully articulated throughout the space, grey travertine - also known as ‘lapis tiburtinus’ and a reference to ancient Rome - lines the floors and walls. A sense of grandeur is achieved by large marble columns that assume their tectonic value expressed by their differing colours. A wide stage-like staircase links the two store levels without disrupting spatial continuity. The semi-transparent metal mesh partitions and the slim floor-to-ceiling studs that are used for display form a delicate counterbalance to the gravitas of travertine and marble.
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The successful first phase of the Ria de Arousa study was supported by numerous individuals and institutions who generously gave their time and ideas, these include the President of Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo; the mayors of Porto do Son, A Pobra do Caramiñal, Ribeira, Boiro and Rianxo; local fishermen and shipowners; entrepreneurs; the Architects Association of Galicia; professors from the departments of geography, architecture, economics and engineering at the universities of A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, ETH Zurich and ETSAB-UPC; the National Asssociation of Canneries; as well as the European Association of Archaeologists and the Spanish National Research Council CSIC.
The fifth and final week of the study of Ria de Arousa culminated in a weekend-long workshop with David Chipperfield, experts and local authorities. The team presented their conclusion, highlighting the area’s dependence on natural resources and its direct effect on the economy. The marine ecosystem of the ria and the quality of water are crucial for both tourism and the local industry, in particular the shell fish and fishing sector. Through a discussion with experts from a diverse range of fields, including economy, urbanism, geography and cultural sectors, with representatives from the fishing industry, it was agreed that a catalyst was needed to address the problem and to initiate collaboration from all sectors.
The regional government and mayors gave their support to the future development of the study, ensuring financial contribution to continue the work. DCA will take part in the second stage of the study as it evolves in the next 12 months.
As the study of Ria de Arousa enters its fourth week, the team has focused on the final workshop and presentation with David Chipperfield, held 9-10 July with local authorities and the mayors of the five municipalities. A cross-disciplinary and diverse range of guests and experts will also participate, representing fields including urbanism, civil engineering, restoration, geography and economics, with representatives from fisherman associations, water quality control and food quality control.
The second workshop follows up on the concluding themes of the previous, seeking to create a foundation for a collaborative network to share ideas across sectors, and to encourage a permanent program to develop and protect the region, with particular focus on the preservation of the natural environment.
Yesterday the Mayor of Lyon, Gérard Collomb, announced DCA London as winners of the competition for the development of a site on the Confluence area of the city. Uniting the work of British, Portuguese and Swiss architects for a French city and developer, the project is one of many examples of the importance of European collaboration.
A mixed-use development of 12 buildings is planned for the 27,000 square metre site that sits within the wider masterplan designed by Herzog & de Meuron. DCA will coordinate the development and design some of the buildings, working closely with Portuguese practice Aires Mateus who have been appointed to carry the designs for 40% of the buildings. The team will also be joined by a Lyon-based architecture practice yet to be named.
Museo Jumex in Mexico is exhibiting Peter Fischli and David Weiss: How to Work Better. Opening this month, the exhibition offers the most comprehensive overview of their artistic collaboration to date. Occupying every corner of the museum, the exhibition features more than 200 sculptures, photographs, slide projections and videos from the Swiss duo’s 33 years of partnership. Arranged without any chronological order, the display reflects the timeless dialogue of their work and responds to the spatial conditions of the museum. The first floor multifunction space is used to display Suddenly This Overview, flooded by natural daylight. The series of miniature clay sculptures depict arbitrary everyday events, each exhibited on a single plinth arranged like a city scape. The darker and more enclosed spaces of the second level features Questions, a slide-show projecting hundreds of philosophical questions to the wall, in four different languages. At the very top of the building, the gallery space has been arranged into three separate rooms, showing the pitch black Rubber Sculptures, cast directly from domestic or natural objects, Airports, conventional photographs of airplanes, with sculptures of Cars. With constellations of mundane objects and popular culture symbolism, Weiss and Fischli ponder questions on reality and perception, the banal and the sublime.
The exhibition is open until 4 September.
For the Ria de Arousa study’s third week, the team has prepared for the first of two workshops with David Chipperfield and guests, held on 24-25 June. The team outlined key areas felt to have been exploited by a lack of overview and misguided priorities and looked in depth at how this had affected the natural, agricultural, industrial and built environments.
Day one of the workshop, the team presented their work to David Chipperfield, Fermín Vázquez (Visiting Professor at University of Barcelona and co-collaborator with DCA on the ‘City of Justice’), Simon Kretz (Senior Assistant and Lecturer for Urban Design at ETH Zurich) and Hans-Jürgen Commerell (Partner at Architekturforum Aedes, Berlin).
The second day of the workshop included additional input from Carlos Seoane (Teacher of Construction at University of Coruña , Juan Creus (Head of Project and Urbanism Department, University of Coruña), Xose Lois Martinez (Teacher of Urbanism at University of Coruña) and Fernando Agrasar (Director of School of Architecture, University of Coruña). The discussions identified the scope and potential of the workshop and final presentation. The team proposes that the preservation of the quality of the natural environment, particularly water, is of central importance to all sectors, helping to restore a more harmonious relationship between nature, economy, and development.
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The front cover of Qianjiang Evening News, one of the most widely read newspapers in China, features office building Moganshan Road being shortlisted for the RIBA award for international excellence.The Hangzhou-based newspaper reports the local ten-storey construction belongs to the 30 best buildings in the world, following RIBA’s shortlist of their first international prize. DCA has two other buildings on the same list, Museo Jumex in Mexico and Saint Louis Art Museum in the US. The winner will be announced in December 2016.
Please remember to vote on Thursday 23 June.
Read David Chipperfield's statement why he is voting to for Britain to remain in the EU on dezeen.com
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After spending the first week travelling around local municipalities and collecting information, the Ria de Arousa workshop group are now based in Ribeira where they are collating their findings and developing a methodology for protection and development strategies. Looking at the challenges and potentials of the territory, the team are focusing on three main areas: how best to promote a productive fishing culture; the impact of urban development on the local ecosystem; and an assessment of local industrial development across various sectors.
Alongside this research, the team continue to strengthen key connections with the community of the Ria and engage with wider discussions. Towards the end of the week ‘Colectivo 1aun’, a young practice from A Coruña, shared their extensive research on the Ria de Arousa with the group. In addition, Cristina García Fontán, a teacher in urbanism at the University of A Coruña, also shared some of her projects with the workshop, and provided key advice on research methods and presentation techniques.
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The new Rome Flagship Store is situated on Piazza di Spagna, next to the historic creative headquarters of Valentino Maison. The Flagship is an important step for the development of Valentino’s worldwide retail and marks a key moment in the evolution of the store concept first developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan together with Valentino Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli in 2012. Returning to Valentino’s original roots in Rome, new materials and techniques have been added to the established vocabulary.
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Last week, the art gallery in Margate greeted its 2 millionth visitor since the opening in 2011.
Turner Contemporary has exceeded its visitor target eight years ahead of prediction with 400,000 yearly visits, beating the original forecast of 150,000 per year. It is estimated that for 120,000 of these guests, Turner Contemporary was their first visit to an art gallery.
Currently showing are sculptural work by Yinka Shonibare and the exhibition Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle, which features more than 100 historical and contemporary works centred around the circle.
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"The EU protects your rights against these enemies of freedom. To leave the EU now, in these dangerous political times, is not patriotic, it’s simply foolish and it would send the wrong message to the enemies of European values. The EU is not perfect and it never was designed to be that way. The very way of it being a negotiating chamber of 28 nations, is the key to its success. It is not in the security interests of the UK to weaken the EU at this point in time. Whatever your feelings towards the EU, be aware that voting for Brexit has catastrophic repercussions for the whole of Europe and the world."
Last weekend members of DCA London visited The Hepworth Wakefield to celebrate the gallery’s fifth anniversary. The project architects led a tour of the building and reflected on its development from the early design stages to receiving the first visitors in 2011, as well as the building’s performance over the last five years. Since opening, the gallery has attracted 1.5 million visitors and its permanent collection has continued to grow through acquisitions and gifts.
Currently on display is a collection of works from the Kettle’s Yard gallery in Cambridge, 100 works from the recent bequest to the gallery by Tim Sayer, and a display of photographs by Martin Parr entitled ‘The Rhubarb Triangle and Other Stories’.
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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition features the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park competition submission by David Chipperfield Architects, in collaboration with Harry Gugger Studio and Robbrecht en Daem architecten, with Vogt Landscape Architects, Arup, Publica and Alinea Consulting.
It includes a 1:1000 jesmonite scale model with a drawing demonstrating a continuous public route that runs through the entire length of the project on a single level.
The exhibition is open from 13 June and runs until 21 August 2016.
The team of graduates and students participating in the study for environmental development and protection of the Ria de Arousa area have gathered in Galicia to begin their research. During the first week the group visited various municipalities and met with local authorities and stakeholders to gain an understanding of the current state of the industry, ecosystems, cultural heritage and urban planning in the area, as well as the complexities of their interdependence. Among the places visited were the fishing port of Portosin, a shellfish cultivation area in Boiro, canning factories near A Pobra la Caraminal, the Patho Goian historic manor building, new urban developments in Allariz, and the Ecoespazo ecological farm.
Over the coming weeks the group will collate their observations to define the key focus of the study.
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David Chipperfield Architects is coordinating a 12-month study of the coastal area of the north side of Ria de Arousa estuary in Galicia, North West of Spain. The study will consider the natural and built environment and bring together the needs of local industries and the often conflicting needs of development and protection.
A team of graduates and students are currently based in Ribeira in offices provided by the mayor and will present their work in a series of public workshops in June and July. It is foreseen that the study will be further developed in collaboration with the local administrations over the next year.
The deadline to register to vote for the EU referendum has now been extended to midnight Thursday 9 June.
The two-storey flagship store in Beverly Hills is the third to feature the new concept developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan since November 2012.
The store is located on North Rodeo Drive in a three-block stretch between the Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, where David Chipperfield Architects Milan already designed flagship stores for Dolce&Gabbana and Valentino. North Rodeo Drive is renowned internationally for its luxury-goods stores and forms part of the larger business district.
Externally, the flagship features a two-storey monolithic façade in red marble (Languedoc) incorporating a series of large openings that reveal the depth of the façade.
In a similar way to the façade of the nearby Valentino store which was built in blue limestone (Petit Granit) in 2011, the idea is to create a sense of permanence new to this typology.
Internally, the store employs an evolution of the concept ideas previously applied to the London and Tokyo stores. The space is arranged along a rectangular floor plan that adheres to the typical long and narrow plot along Rodeo Drive. However, the sinuous timber wall within this rectangle generates a series of softer spaces. It also serves as a flexible display system onto which a variety of hanging, shelving and lighting elements can be attached.
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Joachimstrasse was one of the two projects awarded a commendation during the Architekturpreis Berlin awards ceremony on Friday 3 June. The jury, led by Chris Dercon, stated: ‘The project unites exemplary architecture – meticulous details, selection of materials and technical know-how – with an urban approach that connects the interior and exterior with the inner-city context. It represents an idealised form of urban life and work and an important new intimate form of public space in Berlin.’
The Architekturpreis Berlin is the city’s main architectural award and is conferred every three years to architects and their clients for exemplary buildings, where architectural quality, creative power and technical innovation demonstrate commitment to the sustainable design of the urban living environment.
“The official ‘Remain’ campaign feels lame and is lacking in passion. It also lacks an active drive to get voters registered – and with the deadline already falling two weeks before the referendum, this should be an urgent priority.”
In dismissing the opinions of those he refers to as “Luvvies”, Simon Jenkins ensures that the debate about Europe continues to be limited to an imprecise and confusing argument about the financial consequences, which no one can be sure about, fragile prophecies about immigration and anecdotal stories of Brussels’ interference in our daily lives including dictating the size of bananas.
Europe is a common market that trades in ideas as well as materials. It is based on the premise that we can profit from each other, not only in fiscal but in social and intellectual terms. For those engaged in the arts and the creative industries Europe is a reality. Our artists, actors, musicians, dancers, designers establish collaborations and dialogue beyond the normal reach of the worlds of finance and politics. The forging of cultural connections and the search for common understanding cannot be brushed aside as the romantic drivel of the so called “Luvvies”. It must be regarded in our increasingly synthetic world as central to a healthy society, spiritually and commercially.
We cannot base this enormous decision on the anecdotal stories of European meddling in our affairs, on the fear of immigration or on foggy economic predictions. We must decide whether our future and the future of our children should be based on building up barriers or breaking them down. Given that we have emasculated our manufacturing base and that we are slowly realising the dangers of leveraging our future on an over reliance on the financial, don't we seriously need to build a society that engages wider ambitions than those measured in conventional terms?
There is one way of handicapping our intellectual and creative talent and it is, by cutting off its oxygen, suffocating it with our little island mentality, isolating ourselves from diverse influences and common interests.
Poster by Wolfgang Tillmans
“The official ‘Remain’ campaign feels lame and is lacking in passion. It also lacks an active drive to get voters registered – and with the deadline already falling two weeks before the referendum, this should be an urgent priority.”
Read the full article by Alexander Gutzmer online here.
Translation: Chipperfield plea against Brexit
Architects and their observers like to pride themselves on their political relevance. Like a mantra, they demand more social commitment for their discipline. This stands in stark contrast to the reality in major debates where often little is heard from the architectural profession here.
Substantial debates regarding the present difficult European situation are also seldom to be found. The currently increasing nationalistic centrifugal forces are highly problematic - also not least for building culture and architecture and building culture. Something is falling apart to pieces here. Europe, which is rapidly drifting apart, is not only an economic region but also a cultural project. If this should fail, architecture in all countries of the continent will lose an important guiding framework.
In this context, I find the impending ‘Brexit’ particularly virulent. For me, Britain belongs to Europe and is a part of Europe. The Europe, in which I live and write, is the same that is being negotiated in Britain. I studied at the Goldsmiths’ College of the University of London, where I discussed European construction, the large cities on the continent but also Europe in general a great deal with architects. In a lecture titled “Reading the City” the sociologist Michael Keith, who currently teaches in Oxford, conveyed to me the flâneur-like exploration of the culturally defined topographies of European city centres. Rem Koolhaas held lectures at Goldsmiths and started joint research projects with my PhD supervisor Scott Lash. The local “Centre for Research Architecture” devised a highly fascinating socio-critical research project focussing on architecture and urban planning. These are all contributions to European architectural discourse that I would not want to miss under any circumstances. Especially considering the fact that Goldsmiths, with what feels like 90 percent non-British-European students, altogether constitutes one of the most European research institutes.
Another architect, who regularly stops by at Goldsmiths, is David Chipperfield. In 2014 he was part of the jury for a new art gallery on the South London campus. Due to his numerous buildings in Germany, this native of London is already one of the most European architects. He has now made a striking plea against ‘Brexit’. Addressing his fellow Brits, Chipperfield describes “his” Europe as a major cultural project. He wants to preserve this, not least in order to positively influence the mindset of the Brits themselves. For him, Europe is the chance to make Britain more culturally sensitive and in particular to enrich its architecture. He writes “Indeed it is difficult to imagine how our cultural institutions could function without these intellectual and practical connections, and how isolated our profession would become, detached from the influences and inspiration of our continental colleagues.”
This is a remarkable idea. And, coming from a Brit, even one we Europeans can take an example from. That is to say, we question too little, what we ourselves have from Great Britain. In doing so, we should have an interest in Brits taking on a more active role in Europe. I would not want to live in a Europe that forgoes Anglo-Saxon impetus. This also applies to the culture of individualism, which is quite certainly more pronounced in Britain than it is on the other side of the channel. I do not care so much for the continental European collectivism with its permanent overemphasis of the State. The UK could form a valuable corrective here, but only if London raises a strong voice in Europe. A voice, which Chipperfield presently finds lacking: “To be honest, our current lukewarm participation makes us look very weak from a European perspective. Our cultural connections are real, we share a history and, whether we like it or not, we share a future. The English Channel can no longer ‘protect’ us from the Continent.”
The channel is narrow and is becoming more so, says Sir David. Let’s hope he is right about this.
The Naga Site Museum project is featured in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia under Alejandro Aravena’s theme: Reporting From the Front.
The ancient city of Naga is one of the largest historic sites in Sudan and contains the ruins of a former trading city that once belonged to the Kingdom of Meroë. It is situated around 150 km to the north-east of Khartoum and is only accessible via sand tracks. The new museum is primarily designed to protect excavated objects from the tough conditions caused by sun, sandstorms, rain and looters.
The exhibition, located in the Central Pavilion at the Giardini, provides an overall impression of both the project and its context and includes models, interviews with individuals connected to Naga, a film focusing on the archaeological excavation as well as a small range of objects from the excavation itself.
The 15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia is open to the public from 28 May to 27 November 2016.
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David Chipperfield Architects presented the schematic design for the new Nobel Center in a public presentation in Stockholm. While maintaining the initial concept, the design has been further developed.
The auditorium has been developed into a forum-like space, introducing seating rows which face each other. The structure of the auditorium now defines and connects the spaces of the floors below and above.
The main restaurant and bar have been moved to the top floor, establishing a unique venue that strengthens the public character of the Nobel Center. The building's shape has been further refined, subtly accentuating the tripartite division of base, middle and top. The façade of thin vertical bronze fins placed in varied densities envelopes the building. A less dense rhythm on the upper floors allows visitors to enjoy expansive views over the city.
The new building will give the Nobel Prize a home for the first time in its history. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017.
Following the appointment by Qatari Diar, David Chipperfield Architects are currently working on the redevelopment of Eero Saarinen’s US Embassy building on Grosvenor Square in London. The Grade II listed structure was completed in 1960 and is Saarinen’s only UK project. With the US Embassy planning to vacate the building, design work has started on a new mixed-use scheme including a hotel, retail and event space. A public consultation exhibition took place last month.
The redevelopment aims to strengthen the existing design qualities and allow the civic-scaled building to play a more active public role in Mayfair.
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The shell construction for the residential project “Palais Varnhagen” in the centre of Berlin has been completed. The building comprises 50 apartments and two commercial units on a site, which has remained undeveloped since World War II. The architecture is inspired by the typology of the ‘Hôtel particulier’, a building form originally prevalent in Paris. In keeping with this historic archetype, a deep recess from the second storey upwards opens up the building to the street, creating a U-shape facing the south and providing optimum daylight conditions for all apartments. The building is due for completion by the end of this year.
David Chipperfield's lecture for the LSE Cities programme is now available to watch online here.
The 23 winning proposals for the regeneration initiative ‘Réinventer Paris’ are now on display in Athens. Among the proposals for various sites across Paris is the scheme for the redevelopment of the Boulevard Morland designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin together with Paris-based developer Emerige.
The proposal extends and opens up the existing 1960s structure and integrates an artistic installation designed by Studio Other Spaces (an experimental practice run by Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Behmann in Berlin).
The exhibition is presented by the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum for Architecture and Design in collaboration with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Throughout 2016 and 2017 ‘Réinventer Paris’ will continue as a travelling exhibition in Chicago and other U.S. cities.
Contemporary Space Athens, 74 Mitropoleos, Athens 13 May – 12 June 2016
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 14.00 to 21.00
A short video on the new Valentino Flagship Store at 39 Old Bond Street that opened earlier this year.
Office building Moganshan Road in China, Saint Louis Art Museum in the US and Museo Jumex in Mexico have been selected as three of the 30 projects in consideration for the inaugural edition of the RIBA Award for International Excellence.
Unlike any previous RIBA award for architecture, the RIBA International Prize is open to any qualified architect in the world. The prize will be judged by an expert panel led by Richard Rogers.
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As part of the LSE Cities programme of public events, David Chipperfield will deliver a lecture this Thursday (5 May) on the current state of planning in London and the importance of finding a balance between development and conservation. The respondent to the lecture will be Rowan Moore, and the event will be chaired by Ricky Burdett.
The event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
Date: Thursday 5 May 2016
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, London School of Economics (LSE) New Academic Building (see campus map)
Following an invitation from the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, David Chipperfield and Olafur Eliasson will present the Morland project to the public on 2 May at 19:00 in Paris. The event will take place at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal.
Following a three-phase competitive process, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin and Paris-based developer Emerige, won the Call for Projects to redevelop the ‘Boulevard Morland’ site in the 4th arrondissement of Paris at the beginning of this year.
At the beginning of this week, Stockholm City Council approved the detailed local plan for the Nobel Center designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin. Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, described the result as a 'resounding yes from political leaders in Stockholm'.
The new building on the Blasieholmen peninsula will be the home of the Nobel Prize in the centre of Stockholm. It will build its activities around the annual celebration of the Nobel Prize ceremony for science, literature and economics. It will also provide space for exhibitions, school programmes, scientific meetings and lectures as well as hospitality. All activities will be open to the public, aiming to encourage discovery, creativity and new thinking, while creating a place of social, scientific and cultural interaction and making the exceptional heritage of Nobel both visible and accessible to all. Construction is due to start in 2017.
Image © David Chipperfield Architects
Martin Roth, the German director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, has received a First Class medal of the Order of Merit from Germany’s Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a ceremony in Berlin. The award was given in recognition of Roth’s efforts to foster cross-cultural interaction and tolerance, and his contribution towards enhancing Germany's connections with its European neighbours.
In his laudatory speech, David Chipperfield highlighted the importance of Martin Roth’s global perspective, his dedication to confronting difficult issues including his own country’s recent history, and his eloquent determination to ensure that museums serve as engaged forums for debate and innovation.
Image ©Florian Gaertner/photothek.net
The topping-out of the James Simon Galerie on Berlin’s Museum Island was celebrated this morning at an event attended by nearly 1,000 people.
Named after one of city’s greatest patrons, the building forms an integral part of the masterplan for the Museum Island approved in 1999. David Chipperfield has described the James Simon Galerie as ‘both a building and place’, explaining that ‘as well as its role to supplement the museological programme, its purpose is to reorganise urban relations and accessibility within the Museum Island’. It is not so much defined by its function ‘but rather by its responsibility as a public building in the centre of the city’. The completion of the new entrance building is scheduled for 2018.
The official speakers at the ceremony were Petra Wesseler, President of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning; Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media; Barbara Hendricks, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; Hermann Parzinger, the President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation; as well as David Chipperfield and Alexander Schwarz from David Chipperfield Architects Berlin.
Image ©Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects
The Domus Pavilion project was an opportunity to commit an architect and an artist to a conversation. Based on the shared conviction that it is more of an opportunity for art than architecture, Michelangelo Pistoletto and David Chipperfield's aim was to develop a large piece of art rather than a small piece of architecture. Nevertheless, it is created from a collaboration of ideas between the two disciplines, playing with what they share and how they differ.
The true protagonist of the Domus Pavilion project is duality, namely the duality of the physical and the metaphysical. The design for the Pavilion starts from the concept of two volumes, one inside the other with a gap left between the two like a Russian doll. At first glance, the form and materiality are those of an archetypal representation of a house: a pitched roof, red brick exterior, white plastered interior, windows openings and a door. On closer inspection, however, one notices that the walls, door and windows of each volume have been purposefully misaligned, and the top of the roof is off centre. Though this roof is made of thin iron sheet reminiscent of a make-shift shed, including the extension cantilevering over the entrance, an oculus perforates through both volumes and undermines its capacity to shelter.
The space of tension between both volumes – expressed like a cavity wall construction – and the intentional misalignment expose the inner volume and recognise the independent abstract form of the inner ‘artist’s house’.
‘Arch and Art’ is a cultural project of Assolombarda Confindustria Milano Monza e Brianza organised, coordinated by Domus and produced in collaboration with the Milan Triennale. Located in the Triennale Gardens, the project will run until 12 September 2016.
A statement by David Chipperfield on the UK's upcoming EU referendum, as published in The Architects’ Journal (31 March 2016).
'The discussion about Europe is too narrowly focused on issues of trade and economy. Economic statistics can be produced to support both positions. Who knows the truth?
Fortunately, it seems clear that there are strong economic arguments in favour of staying within the economic union, but I believe that neither the debate nor the decision should pivot on this argument. Does it profit our profession to stay in or leave? How do you measure this?'
Related: ‘Being European: what does it mean?’ a recent interview with David Chipperfield published on theguardian.com
David Chipperfield Architects has been invited to participate in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Alejandro Aravena, with a contribution on the Naga Site Museum in Sudan.
The ancient city of Naqa, one of the largest historic sites in the country, contains the ruins of a former trading city that once belonged to the Kingdom of Meroë. Only accessible via sand tracks, it sits about fifty kilometres east of the Nile and is a three-hour drive from Khartoum. The museum is designed to protect part of the archaeological site from sun, sandstorms, rain and looters.
The 15th International Architecture Exhibition, titled REPORTING FROM THE FRONT, will include 88 participants from 37 different countries. The exhibition will be open to the public from 28 May 2016 to 27 November 2016 at the Giardini and the Arsenale in Venice.
Image copyright: © Martin Reichert
Following an invitation from The German Film Academy, David Chipperfield has selected ‘Night of the Hunter’ by Charles Laughten to be screened at the Astor Film Lounge in Berlin on 10 March. Afterwards he will participate in a discussion with actor, director and board member of the German Film Academy Burghart Klaußner.
‘Night of the Hunter is a tense and complex story of good and bad, love and hate, trust and suspicion, brilliantly acted especially by Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters and set in a powerfully exaggerated black and white atmosphere.’ - DC
Having already obtained RIBA and New London Architecture awards, the BREEAM ‘outstanding’-rated office building One Pancras Square has received further recognition with a 2016 Civic Trust Award as well as the ‘Special award for Sustainability’.
The design team worked in close collaboration with engineers Grontmij who helped to ensure the project met exemplary sustainability standards and that innovative solutions were integrated with the design.
The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects that demonstrate high quality architecture or design and have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.
Image ©Simon Menges
Forty kilometres north of Osaka, the Inagawa Reien cemetery is situated on a steep mountainside of the Hokusetsu chain in the Hyogo prefecture. David Chipperfield Architects London have been commissioned to design a chapel for The Boenfukyukai Foundation. The project sits at the bottom of a monumental flight of steps which lead to a small shrine at the top of the cemetery. The chapel and a visitor centre sit on either side of the steps around a new sheltered public area, serving as a threshold between the outer world and a quieter space for commemoration. The prismatic composition of rough sand-blasted red concrete volumes forms an intimate complex that is in tune with the dominant slope of the site.
Demolition of the pre-existing structures on site has been completed and work on the new buildings has now started. The project is due to be completed in Spring next year.
As part of a lecture series accompanying Vitra Design Museum’s current comprehensive exhibition ‘The Bauhaus #itsalldesign’, David Chipperfield will deliver a talk today on the theme ‘Revisting Modernism’ and reflect on the importance of the Bauhaus movement on his practice’s work and philosophy.
The lecture will be held at the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid on the Vitra Campus at 18:00. The event is now fully booked.
Following a three-phase competitive process, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, together with Paris-based developer Emerige, has won the Call for Projects to redevelop the ‘Boulevard Morland’ site in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The process is part of the wider city-led urban regeneration initiative - ‘Reinventer Paris’ - calling for innovative projects to redevelop 23 sites across the city. The winning scheme for the Boulevard Morland site both extends and opens up the existing structure which was originally built from 1957 to 1964 as a city administration building. The two top floors will integrate an inhabitable artistic installation designed by Studio Other Spaces that will house a bar and restaurant. The redeveloped complex will contain a mixed-use programme including housing, a youth hostel, hotel facilities, offices, retail outlets and a food market, establishing a new social and public landmark for the people of Paris.
Image © Imaging Atelier
Earlier this month, Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of the state Uttar Pradesh, laid the foundation stone for the Mughal Museum in Agra near the eastern gate of Taj Mahal.
The project is part of a larger masterplan led by Archohm for the area around Taj Mahal, which also comprises the Taj Orientation Centre and the Taj Ganj Visitors' Centre.
The museum will accommodate 5,200 m² permanent and temporary exhibition space and is dedicated to the history and culture of the Mughals, a dynasty that ruled over Northern India for over three centuries.
The construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
The exhibition ‘Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015’ currently on display at Museo ICO in Madrid has received 12,922 visitors since opening on 30 September.
The exhibition ends this Sunday (24 January 2016).
Curated by Fulvio Irace and designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the exhibition reflects on some of the practice's key projects over the last 30 years and the central role that architectural models play in our working method.
The artist Olafur Eliasson shares his impression of the design for the Nobel Center in an interview published online.
Eliasson talks about the identity of the building and the city and about public space as a key component of the project.
The short film is part of the series Voices on Nobel Center shown on the Nobel Center website. The interview can be watched online.