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British architect receives Sikkens Prize

Architect David Chipperfield has received the 2015 Sikkens Prize. One of the oldest independent art prizes in the Netherlands, it’s awarded every two years by the Sikkens Foundation to recognize the revolutionary use of color.

British architect Chipperfield is the 36th winner, following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier and Bridget Riley.

One of the projects to receive particular praise from the jury was the Neues Museum in Berlin, which was described as a magnificent example of Chipperfield’s working method.

“No-one can link the old with the new in quite the way he does,” said the jury report. “In his spatial compositions, Chipperfield carefully combines color, materials and texture, using the colors offered to him by the architectural context and building materials in a way that is as understated as it is meaningful.”

Chipperfield's work is typified by the care and respect he shows for a location's existing history and planning; with the restored and rebuilt Neues Museum being a perfect example of the way he uses color to support the design.

Other completed projects in his portfolio include the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri, US; Museo Jumex in Mexico City and The Jewel in Almere, the Netherlands.

The Sikkens Foundation – which receives financial support from AkzoNobel – is an independent cultural foundation that aims to stimulate social, cultural and scientific developments in society where color plays a specific role.

Watch the award ceremony highlights here.

 

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