Neues Museum. Image © Flickr CC user stijn
Neues Museum. Image © Flickr CC user stijn

Spotlight: David Chipperfield

Born and raised in London in 1953, British architect David Chipperfield‘s career has spanned decades and continents as an architect, designer and professor. Since 1984, he has been at the helm of David Chipperfield Architects, an award winning firm with over 180 staff at offices in LondonBerlinMilan, and Shanghai. Chipperfield is an honourary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Germany’s Bund Deutscher Architekten, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2004. In 2012, Chipperfield curated the Venice Biennale of Architecture under the theme Common Ground. Most recently, Chipperfield was named Artistic Director of Italian design brand Driade.

Expansion of the American School of the Hague / Kraaijvanger

© Ronald Tilleman

Architects: Kraaijvanger
Location: American School of The Hague, Rijksstraatweg 200, 2241 BX , Netherlands
Design Team: , Rotterdam
Team: Hans Goverde, Annemiek Bleumink, Laurence Meulman, Patrick Keijzer, Nol van den Boer
Area: 3900.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ronald Tilleman

Video: Alison And Peter Smithson On Housing

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In 1970 the BBC followed architects Alison and Peter Smithson through the construction of their seminal housing project, Robin Hood Gardens (London). The impact of their architecture continues to resonate well into the 21st century, most recently in the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Robin Hood Gardens was demolished in 2013, bringing an end to the Smithson’s utopian vision. Listen to Alison Smithson explain the European Housing Condition (as the vision stood in 1970), the state of British infrastructure as it was, and hear Peter Smithson discuss the impetus for their most famous collective housing project.

Boissonnet Building / TRIBU architecture

© Michel Bonvin

Architects: TRIBU architecture
Location: Chemin de Boissonnet, , Switzerland
Area: 1446.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michel Bonvin

House Villa near Vilnius / GYZA

© Antanas Minkevičius

Architects: GYZA
Location: Vilnius County,
Architect In Charge: Gžegožas Volkovskis
Area: 226.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Antanas Minkevičius, Žilvinas Vasiliauskas, Bonnevier

Tsubomi House / FLAT HOUSE

© Takumi Ota

Architects: FLAT HOUSE
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Yoshinori Sakano
Area: 77.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Light of Life Church / shinslab architecture + IISAC

© Jin Hyo-Sook

Architects: shinslab architecture, IISAC
Location: 105-4 Seolgok-ri, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Architect In Charge: Tchely SHIN Hyung-Chul et Claire SHIN
Area: 4109.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jin Hyo-Sook, Lee Dong-Hwan

M-House / TOFU

© Stirling Elmendorf

Architects: TOFU
Location: Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Site Area: 95.98sqm
Area: 158.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stirling Elmendorf

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Humorous Short Stories About Austin’s Madcap Growth

Award-winning architect, writer, and professor David Heymann has just released his first work of fiction: My Beautiful City Austin. Composed of seven humorous tales, the stories document the misadventures of a young architect in Austin and his accidental involvement in the slow decimation of his city’s charms. Unable to deter his clients from their poor choices, the well-intentioned designer finds himself complicit. Using fiction, Heymann paints a sharply dynamic picture of the architectural consequences of Austin’s rapid growth and “rediscovered allure.” Check out the book, here.

Centre of Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland / John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects

© Christopher Frederick-Jones

Architects: John Wardle Architects, Wilson Architects
Location: University of Queensland Press, 250 Commercial Street, , NH 03101, USA
Area: 5590.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Frederick-Jones

AR Vinhos / Paulo Martins Arq&Design

© Ana Tavares

Architects: Paulo Martins Arq&Design
Location: , Portugal
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ana Tavares

November ABI Continues to Drop

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While the US Architecture Billing Index (ABI) has remained positive for seven consecutive months, the score continues to slowly drop and is now teetering on the edge of falling into the red. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) says, any score above 50 reflects an increase in design services. However, November’s ABI score was 50.9, down from the mark of 53.7 in October, revealing a drop in demand. The new projects inquiry index was 58.8, following a mark of 62.7 the previous month.

“Demand for design services has slowed somewhat from the torrid pace of the summer, but all project sectors are seeing at least modest growth,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Architecture firms are expecting solid mid-single digit gains in revenue for 2014, but heading into 2015, they are concerned with finding quality contractors for projects, coping with volatile construction materials costs and with finding qualified architecture staff for their firms.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Burke Gilman House / Stettler Design

© Dale Lang

Architects: Stettler Design
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Collaborators: Paul Michael Davis Design
Area: 2300.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dale Lang

Watch Now: World Premiere of ‘Archiculture’

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Now, after 130 private screenings in 26 countries, you can watch the official world premiere of Archiculture here on ArchDaily. The 25-minute documentary captures a rare glimpse into studio-based design education, trailing five architecture students throughout their final thesis semester at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute.

Directed and produced by architect-turned-filmmakers Ian Harris and David Krantz of Arbuckle Industries, the film features exclusive interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators, such as Ken Frampton, Shigeru Ban and Thom Mayne. Since  completion, a number of schools, institutes and film festivals have hosted screenings of the film in an effort to shed light on the critical issues facing architectural education today.

We invite you to watch the film above, read our exclusive interview with film director Ian Harris, and share your thoughts in the comment section below. You can also join an ongoing online conversation regarding Archiculture on the #Archichat here.

How Cutting Edge Technology Helped Recreate the Stella Tower’s Concrete Crown

Screenshot from video by JDS Development Group

In some projects, preservation isn’t just about retaining what’s there, but also about putting back an element that has been forgotten to history (not always, though). This was the case at the Stella Tower in Manhattan, where as part of the building’s recently completed condo conversion, JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group, along with architects CetraRuddy have reinstated the dramatic Art Deco crown of Ralph Walker’s 1927 design.

Engineering School and Auditorium University Campus / Gerardo Caballero, Maite Fernández

© Gustavo Frittegotto

Architects: Gerardo Caballero, Maite Fernández
Location: Rosario, Santa Fe Province,
Area: 3008.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto

Valode & Pistre Set to Break Ground on Africa’s Tallest Tower

© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr

Valode & Pistre is set to break ground on Africa’s tallest tower next June. More than doubling the height of Johannesburg’s 223-meter Carlton Center, which has been the continent’s tallest building since 1973, the Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light) will most likely rise 540-meters on a 25-hectare site in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. 

It’s program will center around business, providing accommodations with a 200-suite luxury hotel, a trading platform, conference hall and large art gallery, as well as an astonishing 100-meter-tall atrium that hollows the tower’s base.  

ArchDaily’s 2014 Holiday Card Contest Winners Announced

Submitted by Patrick Grime

After receiving close to 150 holiday card submissions – including a “Bjarke, the Herald Ingels” singing, and several angry Gehry-Clauses – we’ve selected three winners! Take a look at the winning submissions as well as some of our favorite cards after the break, and get ready to celebrate the holidays the architect’s way.

’s 2014 Holiday Card Contest has been generously sponsored by Mosa.