Arquitectura Viva 253: David Chipperfield Architects
European Heritage. Almost unanimously, the 2023 Pritzker laureate’s most admired forte is the sensitivity with which he operates on existing buildings, where he enhances the patina of time while applying his refined grammar, always knowing exactly when to express it energetically and when, on the contrary, to keep it silent. Arquitectura Viva joins the celebrations by presenting some of David Chipperfield’s latest European achievements in the area of refurbishment, from the canonical Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin and the historical Procuratie in Venice to the brand new proposal for the enlargement of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
For its part, the magazine’s dossier features four residential towers that have gone up in New York in the past few years: Álvaro Siza’s in Hell’s Kitchen, Chipperfield’s own at Bryant Park, David Adjaye’s down in the financial district, and OMA’s across the river in Brooklyn.
In the Art and Culture section, the academics Mark Crinson and Richard J. Williams together reflect on the breach between the studies of art and architecture, while Pier Paolo Tamburelli revisits Bramante to uphold a public art for our times. Finally, the usual News and Books sections are complemented with an article by Juan Miró that denounces the proliferation of windowless bedrooms in certain parts of the world.