Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has unveiled his designs for the Fondation Beyeler extension in Basel. A group of museum buildings will be constructed on the recently acquired Iselin-Weber Park, which is adjacent to the organization. The previously private park will now be open to the public.
Zumthor’s design distributes the various functions of the organization among three small buildings. Inspired by the village-like character of Riehen, Zumthor conceived of the extension as a unique architectural ensemble. The new buildings—an administration building, a transparent pavilion for events, and an exhibition space—will blend with the natural environment. They will link the foundation’s park and Iselin-Weber, both of which were designed by landscape architect Jean-François Caillat in the nineteenth century.
The extension project, which includes the acquisition of the land and its existing buildings, the funding of the new buildings, and operating and maintenance costs for the first ten years, is being privately financed. It is expected to cost around $100 million. The foundation has already raised the first $50 million from the Wyss Foundation and the Daros Collection of the Stephan Schmidheiny family. Zumthor’s designs will be on view in the Town Hall of Riehen from May 10 to May 23.