Presented annually, the Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to a living architect whose work has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment. To mark the 2023 prizegiving which happens today in Athens, we decided to take a look at a selection of Sir David Chipperfield's completed and forthcoming projects, ranging from residential schemes, to museums and a cemetery. In WLLW fashion, the list pays particular attention to wellbeing and sustainability.
Often dubbed as Britain’s modernist master, having founded his namesake firm in 1985, it was two Japanese commissions that allowed a young Chipperfield to cut his teeth on the international stage. Alongside his native UK, he has completed projects in Italy, Germany, Australia and India, while in the US, Chipperfield projects have graced the likes of New York City to Des Moines, Iowa.
Often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture, in their citation Pritzker highlighted how Chipperfield buildings are “always characterized by elegance, restraint, a sense of permanence and refined detailing.” They pointed out that “in an era of excessive commercialization, over-designing, and over-exaggeration, he can always achieve balance.”