After complaining about the poor state of UK planning and competitions at the opening of his recent Design Museum exhibition, David Chipperfield has yet another reason to lament the state of architecture in London
Last week, the British Film Institute (BFI) effectively told Chipperfield that his 2001 competition-winning entry to build a new film centre was scrapped. After receiving £45 million from the government for the centre, the BFI has decided to run a brand new competition.
Chipperfield is justifiably disenchanted. ‘It would be really nice to work on that site,’ he says. ‘I have spent 25 years building in other people’s cities. To be excluded from the chance to build in your own city is disappointing. I get bored with the question, “Why don’t you build in your own city?’” Well, there was a chance but I guess it’s not going to be the case.’