eld at the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza, north-east Italy, David Chipperfield Architects Works 2018 is a retrospective that focuses entirely on this iconic British architect.
Overseen by David Chipperfield himself with the support of the town of Vicenza and the association Abacoarchitettura, the exhibition includes 15 different projects designed by the architect’s studios in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The projects’ architectural language is representative of everyday life, interpreting its values.
Projected in the Basilica’s sixteenth century hall, drawings, large-scale prints, 3D models and images compare public buildings with private architecture, illustrating David Chipperfield’s design philosophy, in other words the way in which he interprets architecture as a “vehicle of reality”. More than a mere exhibition, “a direct explanation of the architect’s work” as Chipperfiled has explained himself: a journey to discover his entire design and architectural process, through resources, culture and different aims.
The decision to show in Andrea Palladio’s town couldn’t be more appropriate. Italy, more than anywhere else in fact, is the ideal place to understand that buildings are nothing more than manifestations of collective values and everyday life. The message is clear: it’s no coincidence that the British archistar himself, who has a close connection to Italy, has described the country as the “spiritual home of architecture”.
Where: Basilica Palladiana, Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza, Italy
When: until 2 September 2018