Experience David Chipperfield’s extension of the Kunsthaus Zürich
“With Chipperfield’s design the visitors can look forward to purist-elegant museum building with an international appeal”, says Christoph Stuehn from the Kunsthaus Zürich. “Together with the existing buildings Switzerland’s largest art museum will be established this year – it is due to be opened in two stages in spring as well as autumn 2021”.
In the extension, the focus will be on the art of the 1960s and later, three major collections of Emil Bührle, Werner Merzbacher, and Hubert Looser as well as medium-sized temporary exhibitions. Apart from the central entrance hall flooded with light, which, according to Stuehn, is “a new form of public space in which to experience art”, Chipperfield’s building also includes a museum shop as well as a public bar and a rentable event hall on the ground floor. The existing buildings are connected to the extension by an underground passage. “A highlight of the extension will be the art garden behind the building that will also be opened next year”, explains Christoph Stuehn. “It will enrich the space with an outdoor experience”.
What added value should the new Chipperfield’s building offer the Kunsthaus?
On the one hand, after the opening in autumn 2021, we will be able to exhibit twice as many works, from the Middle Ages to the Present, as before – this corresponds to 20 percent of all the museum collections. The number of visitors is also expected to increase, from 300,000 today to around 400 000 guests per year. In addition to the architectural added value that the extension offers after its completion, it also benefits the Kunsthaus financially: the self-financing ratio of over 50 percent is to be retained.
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