Founded in 1929, the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History is located in Hangzhou and has a collection of over 200,000 specimens covering geology, ecology and palaeontology. The eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang is the site of many important discoveries from the Cretaceous period. A new, second branch of the museum has been established in Anji, in the north of the region, forming the centrepiece of a new cultural district. Continue reading David Chipperfield
Following a design competition, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has been selected to build an office tower in Berlin’s Mitte district. The practice’s design was chosen unanimously from twelve competing schemes.
At Jannowitz Bridge, a traffic junction in Berlin’s Mitte district, the new tower is planned within a diverse urban environment. The compact building volume is modulated in such a way that projections and recesses make distinct references to the neighbouring buildings and the adjacent urban railway. Within the tower itself, these recesses create generous terrace areas with roof gardens.
The terrain that rises towards the riverbank of the Spree forms the starting point for a flowing transition between inside and outside, which emphasises the public character of the ground floor, creating a new lively public realm in dialogue with the immediate urban context. Continue reading David Chipperfield