David Chipperfield Architects has won an international competition to masterplan the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia.
The win represents yet another success for the London- and Berlin-based practice on the other side of the pond, which is providing a rich vein of work for the office.
The museum, founded in 1887 by the University of Pennsylvania, has built up a 'world-class collection of artefacts', many acquired through its own international excavations.
A year-long process by the practice will distil consideration of present and future requirements into a final plan with the aim of providing 'a blending of new and old elements to accommodate state-of-the-art exhibitions and research work and to inspire scholars, students and the general public'.
The museum, originally designed by Wilson Eyre in 1899, has been considerably added to by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects in 1971, and by Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell Architects in 2002.
The practice is also working on the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. This is its first project in Philadelphia.
by Will Hunter