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David Chipperfield and the power of architecture

A master of contemporary architecture. A ‘far-flung workshop’ located in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The value of a team that believes in collective design and in sharing ideas. 

These are the basic ingredients of the exhibition David Chipperfield Architects Works 2018 currently on show in Vicenza, in the shadow of one of Palladio’s masterpieces, the Basilica, until 2nd September. Not a retrospective devoted to the work of a single architect, therefore, but an exploration of how the studio as a whole works today, developing ideas and projects in parallel in different places, with different resources, priorities and collaborators, constantly striving for a balance between the local and the global perspective. Revealing the processes of designing and creating architecture is therefore crucial to an understanding of the values that unify an international body of work. 

The exhibition contains a selection of 16 recently completed and ongoing projects, showing work carried out during the different stages of development, and the various connected activities that take place in a contemporary architectural practice. These range from rough sketches and models made at the beginning of the design process, to detailed construction drawings made during the final stages, including photographs and models of the projects. The models are the great novelty of this exhibition. There will be at least forty on show at the Basilica Palladiana, including a 60 m2 reproduction of an entire district of Seoul, as well as a reconstruction of part of St Mark’s Square and the Procuratie Vecchie, a restoration project awarded to David Chipperfield last year. 

Naturally, the exhibition, its display curated by Chipperfield himself, illustrates his vision of architecture as a manifestation of collective, cultural and historic values and a backdrop for daily life, as well as a tool with which to read contemporaneity and language, making people’s thoughts on society and on our daily lives tangible. This is where Chipperfield and Palladio coincide, the latter’s design philosophy never failing to include an assessment of the environment and of the social fabric with which he had to do. 

David Chipperfield Architects Works 2018

Basilica Palladiana
Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza

12th May – 7th October 2018
Tuesday – Friday: from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 5.00 to 8.00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm