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David Chipperfield Receives the 2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize

David Chipperfield, an accomplished British architect, has been named the winner of the 2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture. Chipperfield, who is known for his minimalist style and his focus on cultural and civic projects, is the fourth architect from the United Kingdom to win the prize.

Born in London in 1953, Chipperfield began his architectural studies at Kingston School of Art before moving on to the Architectural Association in London. He then worked at a number of notable firms, including Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, before starting his own practice in 1984.

David Chipperfield, the 2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
David Chipperfield, the 2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

Over the course of his career, Chipperfield has completed a number of significant projects around the world, including the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, England, the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany, and the Des Moines Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa. He has also been involved in a number of restoration projects, including the renovation of the Neues Museum in Berlin and the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Des Moines Public Library, Iowa, USA, 2002-2006, 2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize
Des Moines Public Library, Iowa, USA, 2002-2006

Chipperfield’s work is characterized by its simplicity and elegance, as well as its sensitivity to the cultural and historical context of the places where he works. He has a particular interest in public buildings, and has said that he sees his role as an architect as being to “create places that enrich people’s lives”.

2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize - Royal Academy Renovation, London, UK, 2008-2018
Royal Academy Renovation, London, UK, 2008-2018

One of Chipperfield’s most notable projects is the Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Yorkshire, England. The gallery, which was completed in 2011, is named after the British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and is designed to showcase her work as well as the work of other modern and contemporary artists. The building is constructed of concrete and brick, and features a series of interlocking volumes that are designed to harmonize with the surrounding landscape.

2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize - Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery, West Yorkshire, UK, 2003-2011
Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery, West Yorkshire, UK, 2003-2011

Another notable project is the James Simon Galerie, a new entrance building for the Museum Island complex in Berlin, which was completed in 2019. The building, which is located between the Neues Museum and the Pergamon Museum, is designed to provide a welcoming and accessible entrance to the complex, while also serving as a new home for the museum’s ticketing and visitor services.

2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize - New Entrance Building for the Museum Island complex, Berlin, Germany, 2018
New Entrance Building for the Museum Island complex, Berlin, Germany, 2018

Chipperfield’s work has been recognized with a number of awards over the years, including the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2011. He has also been involved in a number of academic and cultural initiatives, and has served as a visiting professor at a number of universities around the world.


In addition to his architectural work, Chipperfield is also a prolific writer and commentator on architecture and urbanism. He has published several books on the subject and has spoken at a number of conferences and events around the world.


Chipperfield is a worthy winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and his contributions to the field of architecture will undoubtedly continue to shape the built environment for years to come. Congratulations to David Chipperfield on this well-deserved honor.

25 Best Architecture Firms in Ireland

We are delighted to announce that Isabel Barros Architects has been chosen as one of the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Ireland by Architizer.

This is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates our team’s hard work, creativity, and dedication to delivering exceptional architecture services to our clients.

25 Best Architecture Firms in Ireland

Being selected as one of the 25 best architecture firms in Ireland is an incredible honor, and we are immensely proud to be a part of this prestigious list. We will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do, and we look forward to many more years of delivering exceptional architecture services to our clients.

Burrow Holiday Park Makeover

Isabel Barros Architects was commissioned to redesign the 800m2 amenity building of Burrow Holiday Park in Rosslare, as part of the park’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of facilities and services.

The new design aims to create an attractive building that is aligned with the brand’s vision and core values.

The proposal prioritizes environmental sustainability by retaining most of the original building’s fabric, minimizing waste and reducing the project’s carbon footprint.

Breaking the monotony and heaviness of the existing building was one of the primary challenges. The unsightly fire escape staircase already in place posed an additional challenge. The internal layout was dysfunctional, failing to provide the necessary circulation flow, while a significant unused space existed upstairs.

A key element of the new proposal is the conversion of the unattractive fire escape stairs into a focal point that adds aesthetic value to the building’s exterior. This new feature becomes a prominent design element that is consistently integrated throughout the project.

The design emphasizes the prevalent use of timber boards within the park by incorporating them as a key material. The new timber boards are used to break the horizontality of the building while introducing an undulating pattern that evokes the proximity to the sea.

To establish a clear hierarchy for the building’s entrance, the proposal includes the addition of a new pergola. The pergola also aims to provide shelter and shade to this elevation that is south facing.

The internal reconfiguration involves the addition of a strategically located new staircase, which contributes to a functional and practical layout by creating straightforward and accessible circulation routes.

Additionally, the external spaces adjacent to the building were redesigned to incorporate attractive surfaces and landscaped areas that can soften the appearance of the area and provide appealing socialising spots.

Our client was ‘blown away’ by the transformation.

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The existing building
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