Last month we featured “Where Architects Live”, with a snapshot of eight architects homes. These pictures reveal a further behind-the-scenes look at the office and home the architect built for himself.
Standing strong, smart and silent the perfectly polished concrete volume faces the street and frames a courtyard to the back. The four-storey, four volume campus stands on the site of a former, and partially bombed and re-built, piano factory. It has been the office for David Chipperfield Architects since 2004, always with the intention to redesign, it’s construction, and consideration, took a while to build.
The final design houses not just a home and an office but a small community with tea rooms, gardens, video conferencing, showrooms, workspaces, restaurant, and of course a living space that naturally extends and works as part of the new group campus.
“The house is not innocent”
Chipperfield, says: “The house is not innocent. It’s not only about going and sleeping and having a fridge. So all of us I think see our house as a frontier between private comfort and the first step where we meet people.”
Sir David Chipperfield CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA, BDA British, born 1953, London
David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London and established David Chipperfield Architects in 1985. He was Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, Stuttgart from 1995 to 2001 and Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011, and he has taught and lectured worldwide at schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2012 David Chipperfield curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
He is an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Bund Deutscher Architekten, and a past winner of the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal. In 2010, David Chipperfield was awarded both the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts and the Grand DAI Award (Verband Deutscher Architekten- und Ingenieurvereine) for Building Culture. He holds honorary doctorates from Kingston University (2009) and the University of Kent (2010).
In 2004 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to architecture. He was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and elected to the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 David Chipperfield was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – the highest tribute that can be paid to individuals for service to the nation – and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. In 2011 he received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, and in 2013, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association, both given in recognition of a lifetime’s work.