London-based firm David Chipperfield Architects will redevelop the University Hospital of Santa Chiara in Pisa, Italy – a site that borders the World Heritage-listed Cathedral Square.

Cathedral Square is bordered by a group of buildings dating back to 1257.

During construction it will be dismantled and redeveloped, according to the firm, while works are undertaken to landscape and enhance the surrounding area and hospital, which is made up of a number of wards.

“The proposal starts from the belief that a strong architectural intervention can modify the morphology of he area,” David Chipperfield Architects says.

“The buildings are seen as pavilions set in an urban campus and all the volumetric additions are taken away to clarify the historical architecture.”

Meanwhile, those interested in viewing some of the firm’s work in progress can attend the topping-out ceremony for the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany, in September 2007.

The ceremony allows viewers to see the building under construction two years before it is complete and, according to the firm, the ‘complexity of the work being carried out from raw construction to the delicate preservation of decorated surfaces’.

By Penny Jones