David Chipperfield – What is the future of the past?

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On the occasion of the 2012 Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture at Columbia University GSAPP, Sir David Chipperfield spoke on his much-heralded re-conception of the Neues Museum in Berlin — a transformative blend of old and new that earned the 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award.

Originally opened in 1855 by architect Friedrich August Stueler as the focal point of the capital’s Museumsinsel, then destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II and subsequently neglected and exposed to the elements under German Democratic Republic rule, Sir Chipperfield’s design for the newly reopened public building incorporates elements of its storied history into a “modern building that inhabits the ghost of an old one,” according to the New York Times.