David Chipperfield, One of the Art World’s Favorite Architects, Just Won the 2023 Pritzker Prize. Here’s a Look at His 7 Most Famous Museums

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David Chipperfield, the British architect known for his contextual structures that blend into their surroundings, has been named the latest laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the highest honor in architecture.

Eschewing a signature style, David Chipperfield founded his eponymous architecture firm in London in 1985. Since then he has built projects around the world, ranging from monumental museums—his specialty—and corporate headquarters to smaller residences and historic spaces.

The Pritzker Prize jury’s citation celebrated Chipperfield’s “commitment to an architecture of understated but transformative civic presence.” The Turner Contemporary in England is a jolt of modern architecture along the boardwalk; Museo Jumex in Mexico City is a jagged chunk of stone that seems to take its cues from nearby pyramids; the 16th-century buildings lining Piazza San Marco in Venice are not overwhelmed by modern advances; the Neues Museum in Berlin—which houses the famed Bust of Nefertiti—is a reimagining of the mid-1800s institution that honors its history; and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s landmark Neue Nationalgalerie is a respectful update to the Modernist’s original vision.

Here are a few of Chipperfield’s more standout architectural achievements…

 

Turner Contemporary
Margate, England

Turner Contemporary. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

Turner Contemporary. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

 

Royal Academy of Arts
London, England

Royal Academy of Arts Masterplan. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

Royal Academy of Arts. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

 

St. Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis Art Museum. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

Saint Louis Art Museum. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

 

The Hepworth Wakefield
Wakefield, England

The Hepworth Wakefield. Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan.

The Hepworth Wakefield. Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan.

 

River and Rowing Museum
Henley-on-Thames, England

River and Rowing Museum. Photo courtesy of Richard Bryant / Arcaid.

River and Rowing Museum. Photo courtesy of Richard Bryant / Arcaid.

 

Procuratie Vecchie
Venice, Italy

Procuratie Vecchie. Photo courtesy of Alessandra Chemollo.

Procuratie Vecchie. Photo courtesy of Alessandra Chemollo.

 

The Neues Museum
Berlin, Germany

The Neues Museum. Photo courtesy of SMB / Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects.

The Neues Museum. Photo courtesy of SMB / Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects.

 

Museo Jumex
Mexico City, Mexico

Museo Jumex. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

Museo Jumex. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

 

Morland Mixité Capitale
Paris, France

Morland Mixité Capitale. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

Morland Mixité Capitale. Photo courtesy of Simon Menges.

 

James Simon Galerie
Berlin, Germany

James Simon Galerie. Photo courtesy of Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects.

James Simon Galerie. Photo courtesy of Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects.

 

Inagawa Cemetery
Inagawa, Japan

Inagawa Cemetery Chapel and Visitor Center. Photo courtesy of Keiko Sasaoka.

Inagawa Cemetery Chapel and Visitor Center. Photo courtesy of Keiko Sasaoka.

 

BBC Scotland Headquarters
Glasgow, Scotland

BBC Scotland Headquarters. Photo courtesy of Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects.

BBC Scotland Headquarters. Photo courtesy of Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects.

 

Amorepacific Headquarters
Seoul, South Korea

Amorepacific Headquarters. Photo courtesy of Noshe.

Amorepacific Headquarters. Photo courtesy of Noshe.

 

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