The Jumex Museum in Mexico City, photo by Simon Menges


The Venice Biennale, Common Ground, 2012 International Architecture Exhibition,

(Marsilio Editori, pp. 14-15)

The reason that led to the choice of David Chipperfield Architects as protagonists of the come-back of great international contemporary architecture to the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza, was the desire to reaffirm the role of architecture as a discipline that can combine artistic research with social values.

‘Despite everything, Italy remains the spiritual home of architecture, and it is here where one can fully understand the importance of buildings not as individual showpieces, but as manifestations of collective values and settings of everyday life. The sensitivity and understanding that the people have is undoubtedly the result of living in contact with the largest heritage of architecture and urban planning in the world. This tangible sense of context and history reminds us that the constructed world is the testament to the continuous evolution of architectural language and is essential to our understanding of the world.’

                                                                                                                                       David Chipperfield

Sir David Chipperfield


Born in London in 1953



David Chipperfield founded David Chipperfield Architects in 1985. 

With over 250 employees, the offices of London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai develop a complex of international works that include cultural, residential, commercial, civil and leisure projects. 

The work of David Chipperfield Architects is known for the meticulous attention to the design and details of each individual project, and for an incessant focus on perfecting design ideas, in order to achieve consistent results from an architectural, social and intellectual point of view.


David Chipperfield Conference

Saturday 26 May 2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza 

An exceptional event related to "David Chipperfield Architects Works 2018" exhibition.

A David Chipperfield conference about the works of David Chipperfield Architects in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai.

The conference will be in English.

Free admission, reservation required.


Exhibition info 

Guided tours (groups of max 25 people)

The exhibition is open


Tuesday to Friday 10-13 and 17-20

Saturday to Sunday 10-20

Advance ticket sales


Tourist info

Full ticket 12 €

Reduced price € 8

Online € 10 (until 10 June, only on )

Subscription for unlimited visits € 20

The ticket entitles to a complete visit of the Basilica Palladiana (loggia and terrace)

Hours and admission


Schools € 50 

Other groups € 70

Information and reservations

  • University students with Student ID
  • Over the age of 65
  • Born after 01/01/1999 
  • Registered with the Order of Architects of Vicenza, with ID card
  • Groups of at least 15 people 
  • Employees and agents of the Generali Group
  • With "Palladio Museum" ticket 


Tel. +39 0444 323181 (during opening hours)

  • Born after 01/01/2008 if accompanied by parents
  • Journalists with ID card
  • Guides of groups of at least 15 people

IAT tel.+390444320854 

Ticket office closes at 19.30

Electa Architettura

Planners, Landscape Architects and Curators of Vicenza

Car parks and rest areas for campers

By train

There are also Park and Ride facilities on the outskirts of Vicenza. You can take the “CentroBus” shuttle to the city centre in just a few minutes from these locations.

Line Venice Milan, then 8 minutes walk from the station, or, always from the station, take a bus AIM (No. 1/2/5/7), stop Piazza Castello.

By car

Tour bus

From the A4 motorway, from any direction you can choose either the Vicenza Est or Vicenza Ovest exit and follow the directions for the historic center. From A31 motorway choose Vicenza Nord exit. The historic center and the Palladian Basilica are within the Limited Traffic Zone of Vicenza. You can view the map on the website  also from  smartphones and tablets.


Limited Traffic Zone, access for people with disabilities


Persons with disabilities, holders of Cude (European Parking Card for Disabled People) can access the limited traffic area in the Vicenza City Centre by informing the local police of the number plate of their vehicle at the following link: 

Alternatively, access can be requested by filling in the form called "8 bis" directly at the Infopoint in Basilica Palladiana or at the Tourist Information Point (IAT Office) in Piazza Matteotti.

Timetable and routes at

Park Cricoli (Via Pforzheim): Take shuttle no. 30 to the centre.

Park Stadio (Via Bassano): Take shuttle no. 10 to the centre.

Park Dogana (Via Btg. Val Leogra): Take shuttle nos. 7 or 20 to the centre.

Recommended car parks

Short stay to let tourists on and off (maximum 15 minutes): Viale Roma and Viale dell’Ippodromo (train station).

Car park for tour buses (long stay): Via Pforzheim, near Park Cricoli, Via dello Stadio, near Park Stadio (not including days there are football matches).

For all details on the mobility in Vicenza:

Large gated parking can be found just outside the city. 

The historic centre can be reached using the “CentroBus” high-frequency shuttle (Park Cricoli and Park Stadio).

Car Parks in the city centre

Radio Taxi Vicenza

Tel.: +39 0444 920600 

Taxi stand in the Piazzale at the train station, Piazza Castello and Piazza Matteotti.

Park Verdi (Piazzale Bologna near the train station)

Park Canove (Contra’ Ca­nove Vecchie)

Park Fogazzaro (from Vicenza Ovest, Contra’ Ponte Novo entrance; from Vicenza Est, Contra’ Pedemuro San Biagio entrance)



Technical Sponsors

Institutional Partners

Main Sponsors

Media Partner

Since 1985 Abacoarchitettura organizes exhibitions, conferences and debates with the participation of international experts with the highest qualifications, with the intent of capturing the attention of an ever-wider public towards architecture and contemporary cities.

1985 mario botta

1986 renzo piano

1989 gino valle

1992 gianugo polesello

1995 tadao ando

1996 gabetti & isola

1997 sverre fehn

1998 oswald mathias ungers

2000 alvaro siza

2001 toyo ito

2002 steven holl

2004 alberto campo baeza 

2006 sejima + nishizawa/sanaa

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