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In 1985 he established David Chipperfield Architects. Winner of the Mies van der Rohe Award, 2011.


David Chipperfield is a British Architect known for an airy minimalist approach to design with an expertise in museum construction and restoration. Some of his most well-known works include the Gridiron building at St. Pancras Square in London; the Musée des Beaux-arts in Reims, France and the Neues Museum restoration in Berlin.






The gallery building ‘Am Kupfergraben 10’ is located by the Kupfergraben canal and occupies the footprint of a building destroyed in World War II. As an urban infill the building is of a height that is consistent with both of its neighbors, with large window openings that reflect the urban scale of the site and define the composition of the façade. The exterior is characterized by solid materials, while the interior is defined by daylight and proportion.


The gallery spaces are kept simple: large, loft-like rooms with natural side lighting. In contrast to a museum, the intention was to create spaces where one can live, work, or show art - in a townhouse dedicated to the arts, not isolated from the world, but directly related to the cultural heart of the city.


It is a contemporary building that reacts to its immediate historic context, referencing the past without replicating it, while at the same time, developing its own sculptural language within the urban surrounding.