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Top 5 in Design News: David Chipperfield Disowns a Project and Chartres Restoration Polarizes

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This week in the world of design, David Chipperfield disowns the Milan Museum of Culture, Chartres cathedral's restoration is hotly contended, and Barcelona's Sagrada Familia may someday be complete. David Chipperfield Boycotts Milan Museum   Above: Photo by Oscar DaRiz via BMIAA .  UK architect David Chipperfield has boycotted the opening of the Mudec Museum of Culture in Milan, which he designed, and is suing over stone flooring. He accuses his client, the Milan City Council, of making no effort to correct defects in the flooring, though he had raised concerns over its scratches and stains for more than two years. Chipperfield won a competition to remodel the former steel factory 14 years ago. Read more at the Architects’ Journal (registration required).    RIBA Awards Keep on Giving Above: VitraHaus, the Vitra flagship store in Germany, by Herzog & de Meuron. Photo via Ideasgn .  On October 29, Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron received the 2015 RIBA Jencks Award, given to recognize a major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture. Read more at Wallpaper .  Meanwhile, the RIBA 2015 Client of the Year award goes to The National Theatre, London, by architect Haworth Tompkins. The award “honors the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture." Read it at RIBA .  Cooper Hewitt Design Awards Above: Floating home on Lake Huron by MOS Architects. See more in A Floating House on Lake Huron .  On October 15, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum awarded its annual design awards to MOS Architects for architecture, Coen + Partners for landscape design, Commune for interior design,  Heath Ceramics for corporate and institutional achievement, and  the late Michael Graves for the lifetime achievement award. Read more at the Architect’s Newspaper .  Polarizing Restoration of Chartres Cathedral Above: The newly white interior of Chartres in contrast with its former grit. Photo via Fr. Ray Blake .  Debate is heating up over the restoration of Chartres cathedral in France, considered one of the world's greatest Gothic cathedrals. At issue is whether  the 800-year-old cathedral should retain centuries' worth of patina, or should be restored to its original 13th-century appearance.  An online petition has been started to protest the work, though the debate is somewhat moot:  more than half of the walls have already been cleaned and repainted. Says British designer  Adam Nathaniel Furman,  “A restoration that eliminates the patina of history, and reinstates an illusory ideal moment in the an act of destruction dressed up in good intentions.”  The restoration will be complete by 2018.  Read it at the Independent .  The Sagrada Familia "Nearing" Completion Above: A Bible scene on the facade of Sagrada Familia. Photo via BugBog .  Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral—in construction since 1882—has entered its final building phase. When complete, it will be the tallest cathedral in Europe. The design is largely the work of famed architect Antoni Gaudi—though not the cathedral's original architect—who worked on it from 1883 until his death in 1926. Construction will still take about 15 more years, with estimated final completion around 2030. Read more at the  Daily Mail .  For more from this week, see:  Trending on Gardenista: Bulb Mania Remodelista Obsessions: Mid-Season Stride Trending on Remodelista: Color Stories   Gardenista Obsessions: Holidays Ahead More Stories from Remodelista Current Obsessions: Mid-Season Stride Conceptual Color: Le Corbusier Paint from Switzerland 8 Side Tables in Confident Colors






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