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    • The decades of eloquent experience this creator has amassed make him one of the most brilliant exponents of contemporary architecture.

    David Chipperfield (when architecture approaches life beyond space) / 

    The architect outlines a two-dimensional space to undertake space, embodied through an enclosure where life is given shape and colour, a harmonic body where rituals, love, sense and pleasure can take place. The space delimited by walls is mimesis of what happens in the biologic tympanic cavity, a resonance box where sound bounces as if it where light, marvelling our senses. The inhabitable space designed for man, is a mimesis of that which nature had already given us: the cavernous centre and the archetype of the Terra Mater.

    David Chipperfield (1953) has executed luminous spaces where life unravels fully; in these decades of creative endeavours he has earned palms and international awards. And he deserves no less; his work philosophy and singular style have allowed him to create spectacular works of art, marvellous architectural pieces that are found between context and functionality. Without forgetting a singular fragment, his designs have erected themselves as immaculate, not a single detail escapes him, Chipperfield’s works are physical and aesthetic limits where we can discern the work of a genius.

    In 2012 the English architect led the thirteenth edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, making Common Ground a memorable biennale. This year Chipperfield has been awarded the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale, an important prize within the art world. This creator’s vision is centred on the language of architecture, the language of cities where the life of everyone is connected, where endless numbers of activities take place and where architecture must ensure their affinity with harmony.

    Cooperation and interaction is an important part of this contemporary creator’s work philosophy, an important association between the developments of the piece with more than just his work team, but also, with people, the environment and nature. For this artist an architectural piece must be meaningful in terms of the activities, emotions and feelings that will take place within, a sensitive organ that will intensify the human experience with beauty and harmony. In Chipperfield’s words:

    There is a danger when every building has to look spectacular —to look like it is changing the world. I don’t care how a building looks if it means something, not to architects, but to the people who use it.

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