We report from the Venice Biennale 2018 where we sit down for a chat with the architect David Chipperfield and also with Helsinki’s mayor Jan Vapaavuori. We also meet the architect running for mayor of Bratislava and find out what he might bring to the table.
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David Chipperfield was born in London in 1953. He studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and the practice currently has over 200 staff at its offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The practice has won numerous national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence, including the Stirling Prize 2007 and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture -- Mies van der Rohe Award 2011. David Chipperfield received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2011. David Chipperfield has taught and lectured worldwide.
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Lecture date: 2001-06-05
David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and has since carried out work in Europe, USA and Japan, establishing a reputation through a series of high-profile commissions, especially interiors and small-scale projects. Since designing the London shop Issey Miyake in 1985 the practice has developed a distinctive voice in British architecture. Chipperfield himself has argued that the central concerns of the architect should be material, volume and light.
NB: Slightly dark picture - particularly at the beginning of the lecture.
David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and the practice currently has over 200 staff at its offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The practice has won numerous national and international competitions and many international awards and citations, including the Stirling Prize in 2007 and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture -- Mies van der Rohe Award in 2011.
David Chipperfield was elected a Royal Academician (RA) in 2008. The following year he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany -- the highest tribute that can be paid to individuals for service to the nation -- and in the UK New Year Honours 2010 was named Knight Bachelor for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. David Chipperfield received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2011, awarded in recognition of a lifetime's work.
Significant projects that have opened in recent years include the renewed Neues Museum, which was completed in 2009 following twelve years of delicate work rebuilding the war-ravaged structure and restoring the unique interiors on a sensitive site. The City of Justice in Barcelona, and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Alaska also opened the same year.
In 2010, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany was opened as part of the region's European Capital of Culture 2010 celebrations. Other projects opened in 2010 include the 'Kaufhaus Tyrol' department store in Innsbruck, Austria, the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China, and a laboratory building for Novartis in Basel, Switzerland. Most recently the practice completed two projects in the UK in 2011 -- the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent and The Hepworth Wakefield in North Yorkshire - as well as the Peek & Cloppenburg flagship store in Vienna, Austria.
Current projects include the James Simon Gallery -- a new entrance building to Berlin's Museum Island; the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum; a new MBA building for the HEC Paris School of Management, France; the extension of the Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland and a new gallery for the Colección Jumex in Mexico City. Current projects in London include Elizabeth House, a new office building near Waterloo, and the five star Hotel Café Royal on London's Regent Street which is due to open in 2012.
Lecture date: 2004-03-02
Architect David Chipperfield and artist Antony Gormley discuss the process and outcome of their collaboration on creating a studio space for Gormley in a warehouse near Kings Cross.
Antony Gormley has revitalised the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as subject, tool, and material. Since 1990 he has expanded his concern with the human condition to explore the collective body and the relationship between self and other in large-scale installations.
David Chipperfields work has been characterised by a tendency to use abstracted vernacular forms - the Gormley studio is clearly defined by its context of industrial sheds and uses the more domestic space of an artists studio in addition as a model.
Recent work by David Chipperfield Architects includes the River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames; Neues Museum, Berlin; and the Palace of Justice, Salerno.
David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects
Recorded: May 20, 2015
Founded in 1985, London-based David Chipperfield Architects is recognized for the ability to design buildings that quietly but forcefully create place with their sculptural form. Chipperfield’s Current Work lecture, titled “Two cities, two projects,” focuses on two recent museum projects: the James Simon Galerie at Berlin’s Neues Museum and the Museo Jumex in Mexico City. With both, Chipperfield sought to “find appropriate relationship with their place, both physically and socially” in two disparate contexts.
The firm won a 2007 competition to rebuild the historic Neues Museum, bombed twice during World War II and left as a ruin. The design responds to weighty contextual relationships, both to the adjacent institutions on Berlin’s Museum Island and to a city “in a continuous process of reconstruction and reconsideration” following reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Chipperfield creates a sympathetic but not mimetic relationship between old and new through a process of “restoring, repairing, and adding to” with the remains of the bombed building.
The Museo Jumex sits hemmed in on a triangular site and navigates a vastly different context, that of a “developing place with no apparent city plan.” A powerful form that is “self-consciously asserting itself,” the travertine-clad building rests on a raised plinth and is topped with a saw-toothed roof. The interior offers flexible, minimally defined spaces for a variety of exhibitions and programs. Together, the projects illustrate the firm’s commitment to design typologies that are “architecturally, socially and intellectually coherent.”
The Current Work series invites significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment to present their work and ideas to a public audience.
Intervista con David Chipperfield, di David Chipperfield Architects (Berlino, Germania), selezionato per la 15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura.
Interview with David Chipperfield, of David Chipperfield Architects (Berlin, Germany), selected to participate in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects, London
On the occasion of the 2012 Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture at Columbia University GSAPP, Sir David Chipperfield will speak on his much-heralded re-conception of the Neues Museum in Berlin -- a transformative blend of old and new that earned the 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award. Originally opened in 1855 by architect Friedrich August Stueler as the focal point of the capital's Museumsinsel, then destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II and subsequently neglected and exposed to the elements under German Democratic Republic rule, Sir Chipperfield's design for the newly reopened public building incorporates elements of its storied history into a "modern building that inhabits the ghost of an old one," according to the New York Times. #wood020212
16. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura
26 maggio - 25 novembre 2018
Yvonne Farrell, Paolo Baratta, Shelley McNamara, Francis Kéré, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Alejandro Aravena, Toyo Ito, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield, Odile Decq