David Chipperfield received the Sikkens Prize yesterday afternoon at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.


The Sikkens Prize is one of the oldest independent art prizes in the Netherlands, celebrating the use of colour across a range of fields, primarily in art and architecture. Previous winners include Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Donald Judd and most recently Bridget Riley. David Chipperfield is the 36th winner of the Sikkens Prize.


The jury applauded a delicate balance between colour, material and texture in the signature spatial compositions, and in his laudatory speech Professor of Architecture Christian Rapp spoke of the sensitivity to context demonstrated throughout the work of the practice.


Image: Maarten van Haaff


In anticipation of the launch of the Fayland table series during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Wallpaper provides a preview of furniture manufacturer e15’s new product family - the ‘Fayland’ table, the ‘Fawley’ bench, and the ‘Langley’ stool - designed by David Chipperfield.

Following an international competition held in 2014 David Chipperfield Architects has been selected to design the new Zhejiang Museum of Natural History in Anji County, China. 


The Museum consists of eight pavilions arranged around a central garden. The landscape flows through the buildings, and green roofs strengthen the idea of a museum integrated with the landscape. 


David Chipperfield Architects concept design was approved by the Cultural Secretary of Zhejiang Province earlier this month, launching the project into its next phase. Completion of the museum is expected in early 2019.

David Chipperfield Architects has been selected by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to develop a new design for the Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art. The selection process included an international design competition and was led by a committee of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.


Marking a huge advancement in the display of modern and contemporary art at the Museum, the project will increase gallery space for the collection, double the size of the popular Roof Garden, and create accessible on-site storage. The new design will also enhance gallery configuration and visitor navigation throughout the Southwest Wing, and support a more open dialogue between the Museum and Central Park.


In making the announcement, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tom Campbell, said: ‘We based the final selection of an architect on three criteria: vision, experience, and compatibility. David Chipperfield’s global architectural experience and sensibility, along with his commitment to the collaborative aspect of creating architecture, make him a perfect partner on this milestone project.’ 


One Pancras Square received the 2015 BREEAM Award in the Offices New Construction category at the annual BREEAM Awards ceremony and gala dinner that took place on the first day of Ecobuild in London last night. 

David Chipperfield is delivering a lecture today for the Arkitera Architecture Center in Istanbul.


The Arkitera Architecture Center is an independent architecture centre dedicated to improving architectural practice and enhancing architectural culture in Turkey.

Students of the Critical Writing in Art and Design course at the Royal College of Art have produced a collection of texts on their impressions of Turner Contemporary in Margate.


The 11 pieces bring together new approaches to writing in relation to architecture, drawing particularly on the experience of spending time with a working building.


In his foreword, David Chipperfield writes 'These essays put architecture in what I believe to be its rightful place; not always liked but with the capacity to be liked, not its own world but part of ours.’


Illustration by Billie Muraben


During a five-day official visit to Berlin and Dresden, the Duke of Kent paid a visit to the Neues Museum on Museum Island. A tour of the building was led by Alexander Schwarz and Eva Schad, both Partners at David Chipperfield Architects Berlin and members of the design team who worked on the project for 10 years. 


 Image ©Heinz Jirout


'An Italian sense of craft and detail is brought to New York City's major shopping street by David Chipperfield's design for Valentino.' - Suzanne Stephens


The Valentino New York Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue is featured as the Architectural Record cover story for the February edition on adaptive re-use.


Image ©Santi Caleca

The JingAn Urban Study, commissioned by the JingAn planning authority and conducted by David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai, has been approved as the basis for the new regulatory plan for the DongShiWenLi development at Suzhou Creek, Shanghai.


David Chipperfield Architects Shanghai began the urban study in summer 2014, investigating the relationship between historic low-density housing and a new high-density development. Starting with a theoretical exploration of urban planning principles, the study led to the development of a masterplan in collaboration with the planning authority.


DongSiWenLi was the largest Li neighbourhood in Shanghai, built in the early 20th Century and made up of ShiKuMen houses. This is a distinctly Shanghainese typology of terraced houses combining the British urban layout with typical courtyard houses from the Shanghai region, rendering this threatened typology globally unique. The aim of the new development is to create an attractive urban quarter through the integration of historic lane houses with new functions.

After a two year interruption to the planning permission process for the Kunsthaus Zurich, the project has now been given the final go-ahead. Construction is due to start in autumn 2015 and the museum opening is scheduled for 2020.


David Chipperfield hosted a night school session for the Architectural Association (AA) at Sir John Soane's Museum in London. 


On a candle-lit tour of the museum he offered a personal insight into the collection and presented his own ‘academy of architecture’ for the evening.


AA’s Night School is an on-going speculative project dealing with alternative models of architectural education. It aims to turn an architecture school inside out, offering what are usually internal activities to a wide audience of professionals, clients, other creative practitioners, the general public as well as students.


Image ©Valerie Bennett

Following the budget approval for the Neue Nationalgalerie project in Berlin at the beginning of January, refurbishment work on the gallery can now commence. Guided by the principle ‘as much Mies as possible’, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin is appointed to restore the nearly 50-year-old building for the first time in its history. The museum will be closed for refurbishment for five and a half years and is due to reopen in summer 2020.


Image ©Archiv Neue Nationalgalerie, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Reinhard Friedrich


Following David Chipperfield’s appointment as Artistic Director of the design brand Driade, David Chipperfield Architects have overseen the redesign of the new showroom opening this Thursday on Via Borgogna in the heart of Milan.


The showroom represents the company identity, serving as both a shop and a gallery. The diversity and depth of the Driade collection will be displayed through a selection of objects and a series of furnishings, from the most iconic pieces to the latest designs.


The first special exhibition in the gallery – Driade, Early Years 1968-1982 – will focus on the early vision of the company’s founders Enrico, Antonia and Adelaide Astori and the designers around them.  It is a valuable moment to reflect on the past at the point of a new beginning for the company.

Gothenburg-based Studio Esinam have designed a series of limited edition posters featuring the key buildings that capture the ‘unique feeling’ of various cities.


Iconic historic structures sit alongside the work of contemporary practices such as SANAA, Sou Fujimoto and Toyo Ito for Tokyo; and Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano for Paris.


For Berlin, the David Chipperfield Architects gallery project ‘Am Kupfergraben 10’ and Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie – to be restored by the practice – are selected to represent the city alongside the Berliner Siegessäule memorial monument in the Tiergarten Park, the 1960s Fernsehturm Tower and the Brandenburger Tor gate.


One Pancras Square in Kings Cross – ‘a standout project among the vast development’ – has been selected as one of the 5 best buildings of 2014 by The Daily Telegraph’s architecture critic Ellis Woodman. 


The European TV network Arte will be airing the 90-minute film ‘Into the Night’ on Tuesday 16 December at 00:15 (Berlin). It will be available to watch online for the following 7 days.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the film follows 9 pairs of national and international personalities in various locations along the former site of the wall and follows their conversations on the influence of the historic event on art, culture, politics and society.


David Chipperfield is joined by the German author Daniel Kehlmann in Potsdamer Platz to discover the last remaining watchtower. Other participants include Patti Smith, Udo Lindenberg, Slavoj Žižek, Peter Maffay, Wolfgang Tillmans, Miklós Németh, Ken Follett, Richard Sennett, Mieze Katz, Matthias Lilienthal, Daniel Hope, Wladimir Kaminer and Friedrich Liechtenstein.

DCA have been shortlisted to present a design proposal for the new headquarters building for Le Monde in Paris.  


It is the aim of Groupe Le Monde to unite its activities under a single roof in the centre of Paris. The proposed site is one part of a wider masterplan for the area adjacent to the Gare d’Austerlitz. 


Members of Lambeth Borough Council have unanimously approved planning permission for the Elizabeth House project in central London. 


Located next to Waterloo station, the scheme comprises two buildings: an 11 storey office block to the south and a 29 storey residential and office tower to the north. 

The grand opening of Valentino New York Flagship store on Fifth Avenue will be celebrated at a cocktail reception tonight.

Located in the former Takashimaya Department store designed by John Burgee and Philip Johnson, the store is fronted by an eight storey façade composed of black steel and aluminium. The monumental atrium, lined in terrazzo, features a prominent monolithic stair.


The design follows the new store concept developed together with Valentino’s Creative Directors in 2012, and already applied to various boutiques around the world.


As part of the grand opening celebrations, the fashion house will also unveil its latest haute couture collection – the first time in New York – on 10 December.


Image ©Santi Caleca

Charlotte Higgins interviews David Chipperfield in Berlin.

David Chipperfield responds to a recent article on the Museum Island Masterplan project in Berlin published by The Architectural Review.

The Valentino New York Flagship store on Fifth Avenue and the Valentino Man store in Paris are reviewed by Carlotta Tonon in the December issue (844) of Casabella.


Both stores were completed in 2014 and follow the new store concept developed together with Valentino’s Creative Directors in 2012, and already applied to various boutiques worldwide.


Together with British Ambassador Sir Simon McDonald, David Chipperfield hosted a private dinner at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin on Saturday 29 November. The event celebrated Anglo-German relations and encouraged debate on the wider considerations of Europe not only as an economic market but as a cultural reality. Recent discussions about Britain's role in the European community and the possible forthcoming referendum added poignancy to the event. Speeches were given by the hosts and various guests, such as Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as Baroness Blackstone (former UK Minister for the Arts).

Image ©Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

On the second day of the ‘Form versus function. Mies und das Museum’ colloquium, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin presented the refurbishment project of the Neue Nationalgalerie in detail.

The design director Alexander Schwarz spoke about ‘Conceptual questions regarding the refurbishment project’, followed by managing director Martin Reichert talking about the scope of work and the planning process.

The project architects and their team presented five case studies – the steal glass façade, the curtain in the upper hall, the garderobe and the museum’s shop, barrier-free accessibility and the exhibition rooms on the lower level.

Image ©Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects


The two-day colloquium ‘Form versus function. Mies und das Museum’ at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin kicked off yesterday evening with a mission statement by David Chipperfield. This was followed by a panel discussion with the artist Willem de Rooij, the exhibition designer Meyer Voggenreiter and David Chipperfield, and moderated byNeue Nationalgalerie director Udo Kittelmann.


The colloquium brings together architects, artists, academics, curators, and architectural conservators to address the building’s dual role both as an important monument and outstanding museum. David Chipperfield spoke about the upcoming refurbishment of the building due to start in the new year.

Image ©Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects 

David Chipperfield met with the British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Neue Nationalgalerie during his visit to Berlin. While touring the ‘Sticks and Stones’ exhibtion, they discussed Berlin’s urban regeneration and the importance of Anglo-German relations.


Before his visit to the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Deputy Prime Minister met with the Federal Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel to understand how a lively start-up scene can revitalise city centres. Also on the agenda for his visit was a discussion about Europe with students of the Hertie School of Governance.


In connection to the topics discussed with the Deputy Prime Minister, the British Ambassador Sir Simon McDonald and David Chipperfield  will be hosting a private event - ‘Britain in Berlin’ - at the Neue Nationalgalerie this weekend to celebrate Anglo-German relations and debate the wider considerations of Europe not only as an economic market but as a cultural reality. Recent discussions about Britain's role in the European community and the possible forthcoming referendum add poignancy to this event.

A new detailed comparative analysis of 652 new museums and extensions (recognised by the International Council of Museums) completed or under construction over the past 17 years has been published by Fondazione di Venezia in association with Umberto Allemandi. The book is directed and edited by Guido Guerzoni (M9 Museum).

The italian fashion house has organinsed a series of events on9-10 December to celebrate the grand opening of the Valentino New York Flagship store on Fifth Avenue.


Image ©Santi Caleca

Xuhui municipality have approved the planning application for the Xujiahui Bookstore project in Shanghai's Xujiahui district.


In 2013 David Chipperfield Architects was appointed to design the new 15,000 sqm building which will house retail areas, restaurants and a bookstore.


The new three storey building  will sit adjacent to the renowned catholic cathedral of St. Ignatius, and is part of an urban improvement plan for the historic district.


The project is currently in Design Development phase. 

In a discussion chaired by the RA’s Director of Artistic Programmes Tim Marlow, Anselm Kiefer and David Chipperfield explored the role of architecture as a theme and motif in the artist’s work, as well as the significance of the architectural contexts in which it is created and displayed.


Beginning with Kiefer’s extraordinary studio complexes in Germany and France, the discussion roamed over questions of materiality, the nature and feel of spaces, scale, history and the ruin.

An extract from a speech given at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin on the occasion of the 25th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall published in The Guardian newspaper. 


The Neue Nationalgalerie with its open universal space is the last building Mies van der Rohe planned independently and is therefore regarded as his great legacy. The building’s imminent refurbishment once again sharpens the focus on the logic of the building, on the relationship between form and function. Since the opening in 1968 the museum has continuously been used to showcase the 20th century art collection of the Nationalgalerie as well as special exhibitions. At the same time the building has long been a world famous classic of modernism for its clarity and rigour.


The colloquium “Form versus Function: Mies and the Museum” brings together architects, artists, academics, curators, and architectural conservators to address the building’s dual role as important monument and outstanding museum. Alongside a presentation of the planned refurbishment by British architect David Chipperfield, Mies van der Rohe’s grandson and former project manager Dirk Lohan will talk about the planning and construction process of the Neue Nationalgalerie in the 1960s. Other lectures deal with a reflection on specific aesthetic and museum conditions of the exhibition building inter alia from a cultural studies perspective by Beatriz Colomina.

The 2014 Falling Walls Conference - on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall - was held at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.


Following Chancellor Merkel’s opening speech, David Chipperfield gave her a private tour of ‘Sticks and Stones’ - the last exhibition prior to its closure for restoration. The annual event brings together leaders from the arts, business, science, politics and society to discuss scientific research and innovation. David delivered a keynote speech ‘On sticks and stones and walls’ to the participants.


Image © Falling Walls Foundation.

Museo Jumex in Mexico City, designed in collaboration with Oscar Rodriguez/TAAU, has received first place at the XIII edition of the CEMEX Building Award for both the National Prize in the Cultural and Education category and the International Prize in the Institutional/Industrial category.


The CEMEX building award is an annual competition founded and organized by the global building materials company, promoting a culture of continuous innovation in construction.

David Chipperfield received the Goldene Erbse (Golden Pea) award for his commitment to culture from the Märchenland Foundation at a ceremony in Berlin attended by the Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit and the British Ambassador Sir Simon McDonald. In his laudatio, Peter-Klaus Schuster, former General Director of the Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), referred to the practice's numerous museum projects across the country. 


Anselm Kiefer will discuss his studios with David Chipperfield on Wednesday 19 November 2014 8.30 - 9.30am at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Kiefer discusses the ways he has shaped his three successive artist studios – and their landscapes – both as a place in which to work to his full potential but also for displaying and comprehending his paintings, sculptures and installations.

The groundbreaking ceremony for a private house project in South Korea took place on the site overlooking the city of Seoul.


The design for the family home pays homage to traditional Korean domestic house. It comprises three different volumes on a plinth creating three gardens in between.

Following an international competition, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, under the direction of David Chipperfield and Alexander Schwarz, has been selected as one of three offices to refine the design scheme for the Beethoven Festspielhaus, a new festival hall in Bonn. The final winner of the competition will be announced in spring of 2015.


For more information on the competition, please visit www.beethovenfestspielhaus.de


From 29 October to 16 December 2014, all competition models will be presented in the Post Tower-Lounge in Bonn. Opening hours: daily from 10am to 6pm.

The latest edition of El Croquis featuring the work of David Chipperfield Architects will be available in bookshops by the end of this week.


The title ‘figure and abstraction’ is derived from a conversation between Emilio Tuñón and David Chipperfield featured in the issue alongside an essay by Rafael Moneo and 28 of the practice’s projects ranging from 2010 to 2014.


Many of the projects have not previously been published, including Fayland House (cover image).


The three-storey Bally Store on Bond Street in London is the first to feature the new design concept developed by David Chipperfield Architects Milan and marks a new direction for the brand.


David Chipperfield sought to reconnect with Bally’s past and their innovative collaboration with designers such as Marcel Breuer and Robert Mallet-Stevens in the early Twentieth Century.


Features of Breuer’s design are reinterpreted in the store, such as the stock wall concept and the light tubular metal furniture.  

As part of the ‘Museum of the future’ series organised by The British Museum, David Chipperfield participated in a debate on the changing public dialogues with museum collections in the digital age.  He was joined by Amit Sood, founder of the Google Art Project, Sonita Alleyne, founder of The Yes Programme, and Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science.  The panel were introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, and chaired by Sir Richard Lambert, Chairman of the Trustees of the British Museum.


The discussion focused on how rapid changes in digital technology potentially pose the biggest challenge and opportunity for museums to consider how the public interacts with collections, and how that might impact on the physical spaces themselves.


Image ©Benedict Johnson 


David Chipperfield delivered the keynote speech for the Landmark Preservation Foundation’s annual ‘Lunch at a Landmark’ held in The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City.

Following and introduction by Richard Meier, David Chipperfield spoke of his experience working within the rich historic context of Berlin.

A review of the monograph David Chipperfield Architects by Frank F. Drewes in the latest edition of Bauwelt.



Over 3,000 people attended the Sticks and Stones exhibition opening at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin yesterday evening. 


For further information on the 'intervention' by David Chipperfield Architects, please visit 




Photo ©David von Becker

A review of the 'Sticks and Stones' exhibition by Bernhard Schulz.



The public opening event for this long-awaited exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin will take place on 1 October at 20:00.


The exhibition uses 144 spruce trunks, each just over 8 meters in length and weighing between half a tonne and a tonne, with diameters between 30cm and 50cm. They are fixed in position at the ceiling with brackets and rest on plates, evenly distributing their weight. The brackets are accommodated within the grid of the ceiling, using perforations which Mies van der Rohe originally intended as anchor points for hanging artworks.


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The exhibition will run from  2 October to 31 December.


Photo ©Ute Zscharnt


This is the last exhibition (opening to the public 2 October - 31 December) prior the renovation of Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, which will be carried out by David Chipperfield Architects at the start of 2015. For three months, from October to December 2014, the upper pavilion will be transformed into a hypostyle hall featuring 144 tree trunks.


The barked spruce trunks are arranged in a dense grid stretching the eight metres from the granite flooring to the steel roof structure. Between nature and architecture, the field embraces the long cultural history of the column. Against the backdrop of the immanent restoration of Neue Nationalgalerie, the forest of columns also pays homage to Mies van der Rohe and serves as a metaphor for a temporary construction site.


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A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place in Seoul for the Amorepacific headquarters.  


Following an international competition in 2010, the Berlin office has been appointed to build a new headquarters for Korea's largest cosmetics company in a highly diverse urban and architectural context in central Seoul. The building will house offices, a conference area, a large auditorium, a museum, restaurants and retail facilities. 



The Valentino Flagship Store on New York’s Fifth Avenue has opened to the public.


The design follows the new store concept developed together with Valentino’s Creative Directors in 2012, and already applied to various boutiques around the world.


Located in the former Takashimaya Department store designed by John Burgee and Philip Johnson, the store is fronted by an eight storey façade composed of black steel and aluminium. The monumental atrium, lined in terrazzo, features a prominent monolithic stair.


Image ©Santi Caleca

David Chipperfield will deliver a keynote speech on ‘New Cities’ at a Handelsverband Deutschland (German Retail Association) conference at Soho House in Berlin on 22 September.


The event will kick off a programme entitled  “Denken und Handeln” (“Thoughts on Commerce”) which will address the economic, social and environmental challenges ahead for cities, and the role retailers and commerce can play in their future development. The Association aims to foster an in-depth, long-term dialogue between politicians, businesses, cities, and municipalities.


Following the speech, David Chipperfield will participate in a panel discussion with Stefan Genth (CEO of Handelsverband Deutschland), Timm Homann (CEO of Otto group), moderated by Hans Jürgen Jakobs (Editor of the Business newspaper Handelsblatt).

The Akasha Spa at Hotel Café Royal has been shortlisted for a 2014 ELLE Decoration British Design Award in the Best British Interior category.


A public vote will run until 29 September. The winner of each of the 7 award categories will be announced in the Elle Decoration December issue.


Place your vote at elledecoration.co.uk


Image ©Hotel Cafe Royal             

Colville Towers, a residential project located on the Colville Estate next to Shoreditch Park in Hackney, East London, has received planning permission. 


Following a competition in 2012, The Hackney Council Estate Regeneration Team selected David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Karakusevic Carson Architects to prepare a design for two towers. The project is part of the Hackney Council Estate Regeneration Team’s programme of redevelopment across the borough.


The two towers (16 and 20 storeys respectively) contain 198 apartments intended for private sale to help fund the redevelopment of the estate as a whole and the provision of 438 affordable homes. Hackney Council are now looking for a developer to carry out the scheme. 

David Chipperfield has been appointed Artistic Director of the Italian furnishings firm by the Astori family and Driade’s new Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Core.


As Artistic Director, David Chipperfield will continue the development of the brand’s values and activities, and will oversee the careful merging of past and future. His appointment coincides with the reopening of the Driade Showroom in Milan at the end of October.

One Pancras Square has won the 2014 New London Architecture Award for the office building category. The building is located on the south side of the King’s Cross mixed-use redevelopment and was completed in November 2013. The project has also recently been lauded for its sustainability credentials as the first speculative office development to have achieved BREEAM 2011 New Construction rating 'Outstanding'. 

This award is given to the Neues Museum by the Federal Chamber of Engineers for outstanding works of architectural engineering in the Federal Republic of Germany. The Neues Museum is described as the highlight of the World Heritage Site, Museum Island Berlin and the cradle of Prussian construction marked by industrialisation. This award also celebrates the achievements of the structural engineers involved in the project from the company Ingenieurgruppe Bauen, who together with David Chipperfield Architects developed individual verification methods and careful reinforcement measures. 

One Pancras Square, described by Felix Mara in the Architects’ Journal as a ‘moment of pure tectonic ecstasy’, has received a further RIBA award - a National Award in the Workplace category. 

The winners for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards were published today in the Architects’ Journal. The campus on Joachimstraße was described by Tom Ravenscroft as ‘remarkable and discreet’, and ‘a thorough exploration of minimal design that results in comfortable, well-lit interiors linked by an active social outdoor space.’


Image © Simon Menges

The Colville Towers residential project (in collaboration with Karakusevic Carson Architects), the Canada Water masterplan (in collaboration with Maccreanor Lavington Architects), the hotel Café Royal (in collaboration with Donald Insall Associates) and the One Pancras Square office building have all been shortlisted for the New London Awards 2014.


Final winners and commended schemes will be announced at the NLA Annual Lunch, at the Guildhall on Wednesday 9 July. 

Joachimstraße 11 featured in the June edition of Detail magazine.

Selfridges has announced the appointment of David Chipperfield Architects London for the transformation of its flagship store in central London - an iconic neoclassical building on Oxford Street.


Image © Andrew Meredith

David Chipperfield Architects (Shanghai) Ltd. has opened as an independent studio within the David Chipperfield Architects group joining London (founded in 1985), Berlin (founded in 1998) and Milan (founded in 2006). David Chipperfield Architects has had a permanent presence in Shanghai since 2005 with a representative office completing a number of projects including the Liangzhu Museum in Liangzhu Cultural Village, the Rockbund Project and Art Museum in Shanghai, the Ninetree Village residential project in Hangzhou, and an office building on Moganshan Road also in Hangzhou.


DCA Shanghai is located in a converted warehouse in the heart of the former French Concession of the Huangpu district. Projects in design development in Shanghai comprise a new build bookstore next to Xujiahui Cathedral, a museum on the South Bund and residential courtyard houses in Hongquiao. The studio is also currently working on a 140-metre residential tower in Taiwan.


Together with David Chipperfield, the founding partners of DCA Shanghai are Mark Randel and Libin Chen.

Cy Twombly Paradise

5 June -12 October


The first exhibition in Latin America of the post-war American artist Cy Twombly (1928-2011) opens at Museo Jumex on Thursday 5 June.


Curated by Julie Sylvester and Philip Larratt-Smith, the exhibition is a landmark comprehensive survey of Twombly’s work, presenting an original perspective on the mysteries and revelations of his art. ‘Paradise’ features loans from the Cy Twombly Foundation, Colección Jumex, the Broad Art Foundation, The Menil Collection, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and several private collections.


Discussion between Hans Kolhoff and David Chipperfield, moderated by Peter Wilson, to mark the occasion of Julia B. Bolles-Wilson’s retirement as dean of Münster School of Architecture.


Valentino flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City is due to open in August.


Watch this space!

Exhibition 'Mondrian and Colour' opens at Turner Contemporary following Piet Mondrian’s journey to abstraction through colour, with over 50 works. 

Following the press conference, Stefan Strauß writes about the ‘range, variety and tradition’ of the Bötzow Brewery project.  

Bötzow Brewery masterplan press conference in Berlin


David Chipperfield, Christoph Felger and Harald Müller, together with client Ottobock’s CEO Professor Hans Georg Näder, have presented the masterplan for Bötzow Brewery to Mayor Klaus Wowereit and the city of Berlin.


The medical technology company intends to continue the tradition of the site’s former owner, Julius Bötzow, by combining entrepreneurship with leisure, and creating a new public location within walking distance of Alexanderplatz.


Image © Bötzow Berlin

Both The Hepworth Wakefield and Turner Contemporary have been shortlisted for a special award to celebrate the best National Lottery funded projects in the last 20 years of its existence.


A Facebook vote is running until midnight on 27 May for one of the 12 competing projects to earn the ‘National Treasure’ title.


The winner will be announced during the National Lottery's 20th Anniversary celebrations later this year.


Turner Contemporary has recieved more than one million visitors since opening in 2011, and surveys show that 67% of all visitors during the past two years went to Margate specifically to see the gallery. The Hepworth Wakefield, which attracted its millionth visitor in December 2013, celebrates its third anniversary on 21 May. 


Images © Simon Menges

‘It is not often that an office block can be said to have made London a more richly particular city, but [One Pancras Square] has.’ writes the AJ’s new critic-at-large Ellis Woodman.

Edwin Heathcote on Museo Jumex and how this new public home for a private contemporary art collection in Mexico City ‘stakes a claim in the neighbourhood…by advertising its accessibility’.

Candida Höfer. Images of Architecture

9 May – 27 July 2014


Candida Höfer has curated a selection of her large-format prints of classic and contemporary architecture, including her iconic image of the Neues Museum staircase, for a photography exhibition at The Bisazza Foundation for Design and Contemporary Architecture in Vicenza.


Image © DesignBoom

The design team for the office building One Pancras Square have collected a North London Regional Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at a ceremony in London.


It was also announced that One Pancras Square was one of only four projects shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA Sustainability Award. The project is the first speculative office development to have achieved BREEAM 2011 New Construction rating 'Outstanding' - a demonstration of the unique commitment from the client and the project team.

Interview with Johanna Adorján for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Feature article ‘King of Great Projects’ by Stefania Cubello in L’Uomo Vogue.


‘’We are confronted with a society that is full of contradictions. We are aware of the fact that for the sake of our planet, we should consume less, on the other hand, however, our economy is based on consumerism encouraging us to consume more …’ DC

David Chipperfield has joined the board of Sir John Soane's Museum as a trustee along with the art dealer Katrin Bellinger. He joins as a representative trustee of the Royal Academy; Bellinger as a representative trustee of the Royal Society of Arts.


'I am very excited to join the board of trustees and to contribute to the culture of Sir John Soane’s Museum, not only in its role as an extraordinary museum but also as a place of idea and programme.' DC


Image: Sectional Perspective of Sir John Soane’s Museum London by George Bailey


'For the first time in its 113-year history, the Nobel Prize Ceremony is to have its own home' writes Edwin Heathcote in the Financial Times

David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has won the competition for the design of the Nobel Center – ‘Nobelhuset’ in Stockholm.


'We are extremely excited and honoured to have been selected to be the architects for the Nobel Center. We look forward to working together to develop a building that reflects both the values of the Nobel Prize and the high expectations of the citizens of Stockholm.' DC

In cooperation with the London School of Economics Cities project Theatrum Mundi and dctp (Development Company for Television Program), the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Alfred Herrhausen society hosted the event 'City, Religion, Capitalism. Turning Points for Civilization' in Berlin 3 - 5 April 2014.


The event featured the premiere of a three-part series of films by Alexander Kluge on the three concepts ‘essential to an understanding of contemporary societies’.


Following the first screening, David Chipperfield joined Professor Richard Sennett (London School of Economics & New York University), the filmmaker Alexander Kluge, Bernd M. Scherer (Director Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and Thomas Matussek (CEO of Alfred Herrhausen Society) for a public panel discussion on ‘The Principle of the City’. 


David Chipperfield and Professor Richard Sennett also conducted a workshop on the topic with a group of early career scholars.


Image © Stephanie Pilick, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

David Chipperfield has issued a rallying call to the profession to support the Architects' Journal (AJ) and The Observer’s joint campaign to stop poorly designed towers ruining London’s skyline.


‘Everybody should support this campaign. It’s simply saying that there should be a more co-ordinated planning system in London. Backing it is like voting for good weather.  I don’t think anybody, including developers, enjoys the current [planning] conditions.' DC


The London Skyline campaign was launched on 29 March in a statement to The Observer signed by public figures. It was devised by architecture critic Rowan Moore with architect Barbara Weiss and the AJ.

Marco Biagi reviews Museo Jumex for the April edition of Casabella.


‘[Museo Jumex] relies on the physical and evocative virtues of stone…in order to communicate and substantiate its “diversity” from the background.’ Marco Biagi

David Chipperfield Architects hosted an evening event at One Pancras Square to celebrate the building's opening.


Together with the neighbouring listed German Gymnasium, this new freestanding speculative office building forms the southern tip of Argent’s King’s Cross development, addressing the public area between the transport hubs of Kings Cross and St Pancras International with a prominent south-facing front.


'When did we decide beautiful cities were a thing of the past?'


Saturday Letters, The Guardian, 22 March 2014  

Museo Jumex has been nominated for the 2014 Design Museum Designs of the Year Awards - a celebration of the best in design over the past 12 months.


A large scale model is on display at the Design Museum 26 March - 25 August 2014.


Image  © Luke Hayes

David Chipperfield Architects is one of the six practices shortlisted for the competition to create a new project in the spirit of architect Joseph Paxton’s original Crystal Palace building in south London.


Originally completed in 1851 for the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, Joseph Paxton’s extended and relocated Crystal Palace was the largest glass structure in the world before being destroyed by a fire in 1936.

The first dedicated menswear store has opened at 273 Rue Saint Honoré in Paris - part of the expansion Valentino's menswear business and a further development of the general new store concept in the collaboration with the fashion house.


Image © Santi Caleca

Jürgen Tietz reviews the new David Chipperfield Architects Berlin campus.

Flora Samuel, Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, joins David Chipperfield and presenter Matthew Parris to unpick the life of Le Corbusier for BBC Radio 4.


First broadcast on 31 December 2013. 


'Given time and careful curation, Jumex is a name that one day might sit beside Getty, Barnes and even Tate.' says David Usborne

Architects must accept that they are trapped in history - and that's part of the richness of culture, says the Brit whose buildings have caused a stir in Germany. 


'It is better to be fond of architecture than amazed by it.' DC

Following a lecture on museums at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, David Chipperfield was joined by its newly-appointed director Okwui Enwezor for a public discussion.


David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has been appointed for the renovation of the building after a two-phased bidding procedure.


Opened in 1937 as the first representative building of the “Third Reich”, it is one of the most iconic and controversial landmarks in Munich. Since the late 1940s Haus der Kunst has steadily developed into an internationally renowned exhibition venue for contemporary art. 

In Mexico City, a series of previews, panel discussions and parties took place to celebrate the opening of the contemporary art space ‘Museo Jumex’. The museum was commissioned by Eugenio López, a long-time art collector and heir to the Jumex juice company, to house his foundation’s collection. The building opened with A Place in Two Dimensions, an exhibition curated by Patrick Charpenel, on the top floor and a futher exhibition on James Lee Byars on the second floor titled ½ An Autobiography.

The launch of the new monograph was celebrated at the practice's 12th floor offices in London with the first '12th floor talk' – a panel discussion between Alison Brooks, David Chipperfield and Peter St John, and chaired by Ricky Burdett.


The audience enjoyed a lively discussion and Q&A session exploring points related to the nature of London’s rapid growth, and the forces that shape its form and concept.

Kunsthaus Zurich and other museum projects were presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris by David Chipperfield.


The lecture formed part of the Centre culturel suisse de Paris conference series on the new architecture of Swiss museums and was hosted in partnership with L' Architecture d'Aujourd'hui.

Established in 1989, the Praemium Imperiale is a global arts award given annually by the Japan Art Association in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts. Laureates are chosen in five fields: painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film.


David Chipperfield was presented the award by HIH Prince Hitachi, brother of Emperor Akihito, at a ceremony in Tokyo on 16 October 2013.


The other laureates for the 2013 edition of the award are the Italian Arte Povera painter Michelangelo Pistoletto; British sculptor Antony Gormley; Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo and American film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola.


The Japan Art Association was founded in 1879 by the Emperor Meiji in order to revive and promote Japanese art and culture. Subsequent governors of the Association have all been members of the Japanese Imperial Family.


 Image ©Sankei Shimbun/Japan Art Association

David Chipperfield received the Sikkens Prize yesterday afternoon at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.


The Sikkens Prize is one of the oldest independent art prizes in the Netherlands, celebrating the use of colour across a range of fields, primarily in art and architecture. Previous winners include Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Donald Judd and most recently Bridget Riley. David Chipperfield is the 36th winner of the Sikkens Prize.


The jury applauded a delicate balance between colour, material and texture in the signature spatial compositions, and in his laudatory speech Professor of Architecture Christian Rapp spoke of the sensitivity to context demonstrated throughout the work of the practice.


Image: Maarten van Haaff