David Chipperfield has a unique set of theories on architecture, this essay explores a number of his projects in relation to his own theories, and culminates with a case study of the Neues Museum in Berlin.


David Chipperfield is a difficult architect to categorise there are a great number of labels you can charge him with. He’s a humanist, a functionalist, an intellectual, a conservative, a realist, an optimist and a pessimist; you can call his work modest, challenging, innovative, equipoise, bucolic, empathic, rational and circumspect. This is a testament to the eclectic array of work he and his practice has produced since its conception in 1985.

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