Six years after completing the restoration of several historic colonial buildings in central Shanghai, the final piece of the development, a tower on the southern fringes of the site, has topped out. The tower is the only substantial new addition to the historic ensemble and rises from the 1897 Andrews & George building, adding eleven storeys above the three-storey listed façade. Clad in red brick, it refers to the urban fabric of the colonial buildings while its height mediates between the historic Bund and the high-rise city beyond. Continue reading David Chipperfield
David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has won an international competition for a mixed-use complex on a site to the north of Munich’s central station. The area is presently dominated by manufacturing and light industry and the project supports its transformation into a more urban neighbourhood. Continue reading David Chipperfield
Work on the conversion of the former St. Vincenz hospital into a new headquarters for a family-run company in north west Germany, has started. The existing ensemble emerged from the war-damaged ruins of a former 17th century Capuchin monastery which had become a hospital. The project involves the removal of the post-war additions, exposing the historic building fabric, and the introduction of contemporary structures. Continue reading David Chipperfield
Following a meeting on 3 March with the acting governor of Perm, Maxim Reshetnikov, David Chipperfield Architects has been invited to develop design proposals for a new free-standing building for the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre on the southern bank of the River Kama.
The exisiting opera house is one of the oldest and most important in Russia with historic and artistic ties to Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky and Sergey Diaghilev. Today it houses one of Russia’s most prominent opera and ballet companies and the MusicAeterna orchestra and chorus, under the overall artistic leadership of Teodor Currentzis.
In 2010, the practice won an international competition for the refurbishment and extension of the historic opera house, pictured. Continue reading David Chipperfield