Sir David Chipperfield is one of the most influential British architects and designers of our time. His contextual vision and eye for detail earned him international reference status. For him, no spectacle architecture à la Zaha Hadid or Frank Gehry, but sober and modest architecture that takes into account local embeddedness and historical context. Quality of life and service are the other common threads at David Chipperfield Architects, with offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai.

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Sustainability as
a basic requirement

In recent years, David Chipperfield has emerged as a primus inter pares within the British architect guild on sustainability and climate awareness.
In 2019, he signed an open letter, joining 16 other leading UK architecture firms in acknowledging the seriousness of the climate crisis and making a case against it. Through the sustainability charter, they jointly commit to creating a positive impact on the world through their architectural and urban designs.

and awards

More than a hundred designs for cultural, public, residential and commercial buildings and numerous urban planning projects earned his firm many international awards. These include the RIBA Stirling Prize (2007), the EU’s Mies van der Rohe Award (2011), the Deutscher Architekturpreis (2011) and, most recently, the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2023) as the ultimate accolade for his complete body of work, vision and philosophy. In addition , he alsogained a lot of respect with interior designs for fashion houses and restaurants, and collaborates with major design brands on interior objects and accessories.

RIBA Stirling Prize
Mies van der Rohe Award van de EU
Deutscher Architekturpreis
Pritzker Architecture Prize


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Neue Nationalgalerie,

The Neue Nationalgalerie is considered one of the classics of modern architecture. Opened in 1968, the modernist building was the only design in Europe by the German architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe before he fled to the United States in the late 1930s. The renovation of the iconic building was entrusted to David Chipperfield Architects. It took them almost six years, but the result was stunning, and above all, an ode to the original architect.

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Moka Coffee Pot

Italian design brand Alessi asked Chipperfield to create a redesign of the iconic Moka coffee pot, the Bialetti as we know it. Designed by Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti in the 1930s, it became a cult object for coffee lovers. David Chipperfield respected the existing silhouette and gave it his own minimalist touch with his signature attention to detail.

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In Zurich, Chipperfield designed an extension building to the Kunsthaus, Switzerland’s largest art museum. The main building was opened back in 1910, but over the years it proved too small for the ever-growing collection. A major extension was therefore opened in 2020, increasing the total exhibition area by some 78%. Chipperfield’s design was chosen from among 20 projects. The two buildings are connected underground.

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with Issey Miyake

In the past, Chipperfield often collaborated with the now-deceased Issey Miyake. He designed quite a few retail spaces with Miyake, including A-POC Space, the flagship store with a special interior design. They also wworked together on a range of other projects, including bags and accessories for the fashion house, reflecting Chipperfield’s clean, minimalist aesthetic.

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Fayland House,

David Chipperfield also designs private homes, of which Fayland House won first prize in Architectural Review’s AR House Awards. The monumental house is akin to an embedded dam in the rolling landscape, with a deep loggia mediating between the enclosed interior space and the vast surroundings. The concrete roof of the house is planted with native grass. The walls of white brick allude to the chalk in the soil.

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The Bryant,
New York

In the heart of New York, on the edge of the famous Bryant Park, he realised The Bryant, a 32-storey residential and commercial building, with retail spaces below. Floors 1 to 13 are a hotel and the top 20 floors are residential. In his design, Chipperfield took into account the distinctive historical typology of New York skyscrapers. These are traditionally divided into three tiers: a wider plinth, a high middle section and an elegant crown.


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