David Chipperfield's House

Modernity and Tradition

Professor Christopher Platt
12th December 2018


Like Stromness in Orkney, many buildings in Corrubedo, Galicia sit on the edge of the sea and form protected streets where pedestrians and vehicles negotiate a shared surface. At the end of such a street sits a house which combines qualities of the ordinary and the extraordinary.

At its base facing the sea, it belongs to the local tradition of stone retaining walls, jetties and ramps which line the shore. From above, it reveals the architect’s cultural hinterland; in this case a deep affection for the work of Alvaro Siza.

Where these two worlds meet, a ‘charged void’ accommodates a fully glazed social centre of gravity providing a memorable arrival experience following the discreet street entrance and stair climb. Our unexpected visit and personal tour by its architect David Chipperfield was an unforgettable treat.


Corrubedo, Galicia



Photographs by Christopher Platt

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