chipperfield dropped from geffrye museum renovation
chipperfield dropped from geffrye museum renovation
nov 08, 2013

chipperfield dropped from geffrye museum renovation

‘chipperfield dropped from geffrye museum renovation’, london, england
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the geffrye museum, a preserved english victorian home built in 1714, holds a collection depicting the history of the famed english domestic interior. after the years however, natural deterioration and the need for more space became apparent, leading to an international competition call for architects to propose a masterplan that would include new galleries, a library, and restaurant within the several historical buildings at the site. in 2010 david chipperfield won the competition with a plan to expand to 2,500 m2 costing a total of 18.9 million pounds and the sacrifice of several landmark structures, including a famous pub on an adjacent site. after years of development on the project originally slated for completion in 2015, the hackney city council has just denied the proposal. although there are no ill feelings, as museum director david dewing states, he looks optimistically for another architect to follow a modified design brief based loosely on chipperfield’s proposed program.



chipperfield dropped from geffrye museum renovation
front of the museum building
image courtesy of geffrye museum



chipperfield dropped from geffrye museum renovation
(left) room display depicting the 1880’s victorian villa
(right) display showing a typical 1960’s townhouse interior
images © christopher ridley, courtesy of geffrye museum



chipperfield dropped from geffrye museum renovation
chipperfield’s proposal for the garden gallery
image © david chipperfield, courtesy of geffrye museum

  • We have the same problem with Chipperfield in Stockholm. A maritime heritage; a customs house from 1876 and two unique warehouses in the old part of the inner harbour of Stockholm are planned to be demolished to make way for an enormous Nobel center.

    Bo Lagerqvist
  • This article is not very well researched: the Geffrye was originally an old people’s home and it is not Victorian. Also, David Chipperfield’s proposal did not sacrifice several landmark structures, there was just some upheaval generated by one conservation group and the BD to preserve a Grade II listed pub. The pub, btw, has been empty for 20 years and is not any more special or historically relevant than any other 19th century pub.

    Thomas Wensing
  • an english victorian home built in 1714?

  • What a beautiful facade, I can see why they want to ruin it with some pomo metal shavings.


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