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Peter Zumthor to Design Fondation Beyeler Extension

Switzerland’s Fondation Beyeler has announced that it has commissioned Pritzker Prize–winning architect Peter Zumthor to design its new $82 million building, which will be constructed in Iselin-Weber Park in Riehen.

Director Sam Keller said, “The interaction of human beings, nature, art, and architecture is one of the keystones of the Fondation Beyeler’s success, and was also essential for the development of Renzo Piano’s award-winning museum.” He added, “Peter Zumthor possesses the sensitivity and experience that are needed to create a building of outstanding quality in this very special location.”

The price tag for the privately funded extension project includes the acquisition of the land, construction costs, and the operating and maintenance costs for the new building for the first decade.

Zumthor, who is known for his numerous designs for museums, including Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Kolumba Kunstmuseum in Cologne, and currently LACMA, will present his designs for the project in late fall or early winter.

Fondation Beyeler was established by art patrons Ernst and Hildy Beyeler in 1997. Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, the building is situated on the Villa Berower estate. Since its founding, the organization’s modern and contemporary art collection has doubled in size.