Building Study: James Simon Galerie, Berlin, by David Chipperfield

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The architect’s new gallery is a magnificent gateway to Berlin’s Museum Island, writes Ike Ijeh

Of all David Chipperfield’s many buildings, it is arguably the German contingent for which he has received greatest acclaim. Five of his German projects have been nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize, with Marbach’s stellar Museum of Modern Literature generating his only win (thus far) in 2007. Of these five projects, three have been cultural works, with his heroic rebuilding and restoration of Berlin’s war-damaged Neues (New) Museum perhaps the most celebrated. And now exactly ten years after the Neues Museum reopened, Chipperfield has extended his German cultural portfolio yet again with a new museum just next door.

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