San Michele Cemetery (Venice, Italy)

Following an international competition, this proposal for the redesign of Venice's principal cemetery was selected to develop and extend the island of San Michele. This historic site, located in the Venetian lagoon and enclosing a 15th-century church and convent, has been in continuous development for over four hundred years but has recently evolved to a point where the romantic image of its outer face is in stark contrast to the somewhat dour municipal character of its interior. Looking to address this apparent imbalance, the proposal sought to redefine some of the cemetery's former tectonic and physical qualities.
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"... this new island looks to create a more open, accessible monument so as to provide a greater sense of place..."

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About the architect
David Chipperfield received his Diploma from the Architectural Association in London and from 1978 - 84 worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.
David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and the practice currently has over 100 staff at its offices in London and Berlin.

The practice has won over 20 national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence, including RIBA, RFAC & AIA awards, as well as the Andrea Palladio Prize.

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Portrait of David Chipperfield by Nick Knight


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