David Chipperfield is one of the leading figures in international contemporary architecture. Awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2023, he has developed projects all over the world in urban, peripheral, and natural environments.
Its hallmark is the ability to give new life to buildings while respecting their essence and history.
His studio is currently based in London, Berlin, Milan, and Shanghai. With a team of three hundred collaborators, he has designed more than one hundred projects, including commercial buildings, urban plans, residential buildings and, to a large extent, projects for cultural institutions.
The James-Simon Galerie on Berlin's Museum Island or the West Bund Museum in Shanghai are some of his latest works related to creation and the arts. Many of his most outstanding projects have to do with intervening historical architecture so that it can dialogue with contemporary architecture. Proof of this is the result at the Royal Academy in London, his work still in progress on Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin or the work on the Pereda Building in Santander.
David Chipperfield has always expressed social and environmental concerns, two of the key factors guiding the remodelling of the future Faro Santander. This commitment led him to create the RIA Foundation in 2016, an entity dedicated to the protection of Galicia's Rías Atlánticas and the promotion of the region's local economies. He is strongly linked to Spain through this institution and, although he has received countless international awards for his career, he has stated on several occasions that the one he is most proud of is being named "Galician of the Year" in 2019.
In the following videos, Chipperfield himself explains his project for Espacio Pereda. In the first, briefly and generically; in the second in more detail, since it includes the conference he gave in December 2019 at the College of Architects of Cantabria.