Chipperfield's work spans over four decades with over one hundred projects ranging from civic, cultural, and academic buildings to residences and urban master-planning throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.
The jury singled out
his Neues Museum restoration (Berlin, Germany, 2009) as demonstrating
"Chipperfield’s discernment between preservation, reconstruction and
addition" where "the novel is in conversation with the old, as
architecture of the past is brought to the foreground, yielding moments
The Pritzker jury described Chipperfield as a "prolific architect who is radical in his restraint, demonstrating his reverence for history and culture while honoring the preexisting built and natural environments, as he reimagines functionality and accessibility of new buildings, renovations and restorations through timeless modern design that confronts climate urgencies, transforms social relationships and reinvigorates cities."
“I am so overwhelmed to receive this extraordinary honour and to be associated with the previous recipients who have all given so much inspiration to the profession,” Chipperfield said in reaction. “I take this award as an encouragement to continue to direct my attention not only to the substance of architecture and its meaning but also to the contribution that we can make as architects to address the existential challenges of climate change and societal inequality."
Other projects by Chipperfield to recently appear in our editorial include the firm's reinvented Morland Mixite Capitale in Paris, the reopened Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and the conversion of the historic Jacoby Studios in Paderborn, Germany.
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