An exhibition at the Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, Italy. 12 May – 2 September 2018
The City of Vicenza, in collaboration with the cultural association Abacoarchitettura, have invited David Chipperfield Architects to create an exhibition at the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza from 12 May to 2 September 2018. The exhibition marks the return of contemporary architecture exhibitions to the Salone Superiore which was closed for extensive restoration 12 years ago, and emphasises the important role that architectural culture plays in the history and identity of the city.
David Chipperfield Architects Works 2018 will display a selection of 15 current and recent projects by the practice at varying stages in their development, exposing the range of activities that take place in an architecture studio today.
In an age dominated by images, the identity of David Chipperfield Architects can be difficult to define as it is rooted in an attitude to design and teamwork, rather than a fixed style. Revealing the processes of designing and creating architecture is therefore crucial to understanding the values that unify an international body of work.
The presentation of each project is led by their respective design teams in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai, demonstrating the desire to address complex cultural, professional and intellectual challenges. It also acknowledges the collaboration between design teams, consultants, clients and, above all, the end users.
While the emphasis is on active work, an introductory overview of key buildings completed since the practice was founded in 1985 provides a further context in which to examine the projects on display.
‘This exhibition represents our attempt to show how we work, how we develop ideas, how we work in parallel in different projects, cultures, and with different resources, priorities and collaborators, balancing local and global perspectives. As a practice, we have strived to maintain a studio mentality despite the scale of the overall studio, and despite the diversity and range of our projects.’