All roads lead to Athens for architect Sir David Chipperfield. Last week, he was awarded the prestigious Priztker Price Prize in the capital's ancient agora, an iconic site of the Athenian Golden Age, at the foot of the Acropolis, in front of his peers, the Greek authorities and billionaire philanthropist Tom Pritzker himself.
This award of 100,000 dollars (93,800 euros), equivalent to the Nobel Prize in architecture, comes - coincidentally - at a time when the 70-year-old British architect, author of a hundred buildings, has just been entrusted with the construction of the Archaeological Museum of Athens.
This neoclassical building, created by Ludwig Lange and Ernst Ziller and completed in 1874, houses one of the most important collections of prehistoric and ancient Greek art in the world. It has been the subject of long consultations on its urgent need for renovation and, among the projects from all over the world, the Greeks have preferred refinement, subtlety without mannerism, almost...
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