David Chipperfield Architects has struck lucky in three international competitions, winning a housing project and being shortlisted for an Italian gallery extension, and an embassy in Japan to withstand earthquakes.
The architects will design 160 flats in Madrid for a government-funded project worth £3.5 million. The building will be just over 16,000m2 and is part of a masterplan for low-cost homes in the Spanish capital. The project is due to start on site this December for the client Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda.
The two competition shortlists include a building for the German Embassy in Tokyo. The existing block is being demolished and a new one is to be built to meet new earthquake requirements after Kobe. The total cost of the 2700m2 project is £12 million and the building will be surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Chipperfield is up against Tadao Ando, Zvi Hecker in Tel Aviv, and two German practices, Berlin's Ortner & Ortner Baukunst and Stuttgart's Mahler Gunster Fuchs among others. The winner will be chosen by the German government in June and no dates have been set for building work.
The other shortlist is for an extension to the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. The project will involve rearranging and restoring the existing gallery, a neo-classical block by Cesare Bazzani and a 1950s extension by the rationalist Luigi Cosenza.
The new arrangement will include study and temporary collections, workshop, offices and auditorium. The project involves 7000m2 to be worked on in two phases depending on funds. The winner, from a shortlist including Dominique Perrault and Felix Claus & Kees Kaan from Amsterdam, will be chosen in April.