AD Germany celebrates 200 issues of the design magazine and to commemorate this occasion they came out with a list of the 200 influencers of the year: AD Top 200 Influencers. Today we present 5 Reasons Why David Chipperfield is One of the Best Architects in the World.
David Alan Chipperfield (born 18 December 1953) is a British architect. He is decidedly one of the most globally recognized personalities in architecture and design. His award-winning work has been recognized many times over for its simplicity and clarity of vision.
Since its foundation in 1985, David Chipperfield Architects has developed a diverse international body of work including cultural, residential, commercial, leisure and civic projects as well as master planning exercises. Although he became known for his work in Germany, where he completed a remarkable renovation of the Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island.
David Chipperfield Architects is a global architectural practice with offices in London, Berlin, Milan, and Shanghai, and projects in more than 20 countries on 4 continents. The practice’s projects have received more than 100 architecture and design awards, including the 2007 RIBA Stirling Prize (for the Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach), the 2011 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (Mies van der Rohe Award), and the 2011 Deutscher Architekturpreis.
The reputation of the office is established by both a commitment to the collaborative aspect of creating architecture and a strong focus on refining design ideas to arrive at a solution which is architecturally, socially and intellectually coherent. Now we present you the 5 Reasons Why David Chipperfield is One of the Best Architects in the World:
1. Elbtower, Hamburg 2017
Situated on an exposed riverside site near the well-known Elbbrücken this new mixed-use building acts as an entrance marker on the eastern edge of the Hafencity quarter and forms a counterpoint to the Elbphilharmonie to the west. The building complements and contrasts with the form of the Elbphilharmonie, rising as a tapered tower above a public atrium. Set to be the highest building in Hamburg, the Elbtower is a key part of the Hafencity masterplan.
2. Museo Jumex, Mexico City
Located on a triangular site within the Polanco area of Mexico City, this new museum building exhibits part of one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in Latin America – Colección Jumex – and is part of a wider urban redevelopment. Overlooked by large commercial buildings, the constrained site is delineated by the major street Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the Ferrocarril de Cuernavaca railway line and an adjacent property to the east.
3. Selfridges Duke Street
Selfridges is a central London department store housed in a grand, beaux-arts style building on Oxford Street, which opened in 1909. By the end of the 1930s, Selfridges had expanded into a new building to the north, built in a sober art deco style. Initially, these two buildings were connected via bridges over the intersecting street, but in time the street was built over by a set-back concrete infill building and the road turned into a goods ramp to access the basement.
4. Villa Eden, Gardone, 2008 – 2015
The western shore of Lake Garda is characterized by its mild climate and richly cultivated landscape. David Chipperfield Architects has built two villas on the hillside looking over the resort town of Gardone Riviera. Both buildings are carefully inserted into the landscape with its olive groves and cypress trees. Their volumes are divided into individual one or two-story structures, which are offset to one another following the topography of the hillside.
5. Hoxton Press, London 2013 – 2018
This residential project, won in competition, is located at the south-west corner of the Colville Estate, a housing development in Hackney, east London, built in the 1950s. It forms part of Hackney Council’s program of redevelopment across the borough that calls for around 2,500 new homes to be built over the coming years. Karakusevic Carson Architects was originally commissioned to develop a comprehensive masterplan, which was adopted in 2011.
David Chipperfield | Bio
Chipperfield graduated (1977) from the Architectural Association in London and worked with such award-winning architects as Richard Rogers and Norman Foster before establishing (1985) David Chipperfield Architects.
David Chipperfield has been recognized for his work with an array of honors and awards including membership of the Royal Academy of Arts, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, a knighthood for services to architecture, and the Premium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association in 2013.
With more than 100 international awards and citations for design excellence, including:
- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA),
- Royal Fine Art Commission (RFAC)
- American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards
- RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007,
- European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture
- 2011 RIBA Royal Gold Medal and the
- Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale in 2013
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