Top Projects by David Chipperfield

Sir David Chipperfield is one of the most globally recognized personalities in architecture and design’s world. His award-winning work has been recognized many times for its simplicity and clarity of vision, and recently, he was appointed as artistic director of Driade, the iconic Italian design house. Today Home Decor Ideas selected his best projects to inspire you.

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Villa Eden, Gardone, 2008-2015

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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 structures, which are offset to one another following the topography of the hillside.

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Museo Jumex, Mexico, 2009-2013

Located on a triangular site within the Polanco area of Mexico City, this museum building exhibits part of one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in Latin America – Colección Jumex – and it’s a part of a wider urban redevelopment.

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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. The extremely individual quality of the neighbouring buildings overrides any attempt to integrate the new museum within this particular urban context.

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The absence of a discernible streetscape or coherent aesthetic into which the project could be comfortably inscribed therefore offered a rare opportunity to create a distinct building that simultaneously contributes to the larger context. Heading the triangular park, the building can be described as a freestanding pavilion that corresponds to the eclectic nature of the neighbouring buildings, which include the Museo Soumaya and the underground Teatro Cervantes. The mass of the building responds to the non-orthogonal plan of the site, which it exploits to provide the maximum footprint while delivering the programme within the constraints of local planning requirements.

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Valentino Rome Flagship Store, Rome, 2015

The new Rome Flagship Store is situated on Piazza di Spagna, in the former American Express building. It is next to the Palazzo Gabrielli-Mignanelli (1575), which historically has been the creative nerve center and principal headquarters of Valentino Maison. The Store Concept combines old and new in order to generate a kind of Palazzo atmosphere, steering away from a pure showroom and promoting a new retail architectural format in place of a more traditional retail boutique structure.

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The essential elements of the Store Concept have already been applied and appreciated in other Valentino Boutiques in Italy, such as the Via Montenapoleone Flagship in Milan which opened in 2012. However, the Rome Flagship also incorporates new developments of the Store Concept. The Rome Store proposes a massive entrance atrium, a sort of Terrazzo/Marble Stage 6.00 meters in height, in which extremely sculptural Columns and Walls define the entrance as the monumental space of the Project. The two main marble staircases connect to the Store levels, taking the customers on a sort of ascending tectonic tour.

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