Peter Zumthor to build the extension

The Fondation Beyeler has secured Peter Zumthor, one of the world's best architects, for the planned new wing. The new building is being built on a previously private plot of Iselin Weber-Park in Riehen/Basel, which will now be made open to the public.


In September 2016, an international committee composed of prominent figures unanimously voted for the project submitted by award-winning architect Peter Zumthor (born in Basel in 1943). He brings with him extensive experience in the design of museum buildings. He is responsible for the Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Kolumba Art Museum in Cologne, and currently for the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), among others. Zumthor became known to a wider public through the Therme Vals and the Swiss Pavilion at the Expo 2000 in Hannover. He has earned worldwide recognition for his work. “The sky above Basel, the city and its surroundings - those are the landscapes of my youth. It warms my heart to be able to design a major building here,” says Zumthor contentedly.

Architecture for all the senses

Reserved and yet remarkable at the same time, Peter Zumthor's buildings speak to all the senses. Masterly in handling materials and well-versed in the dialogue with the complexity of sites and their history, his work testifies to the role of architecture as an enriching experience in our world. “The interaction between human beings, nature, art, and architecture is a cornerstone of the success of the Fondation Beyeler and was also essential for the development of Renzo Piano's award-winning museum building. Peter Zumthor possesses the sensitivity and experience needed to create a building of outstanding quality in this very special location,” commented Sam Keller, director of the Fondation Beyeler, on the decision.



Financing and construction

The new wing (acquisition of land and existing buildings, financing the construction, as well as operation and maintenance for the first 10 years) is privately funded. CHF 50 million have already been firmly committed. Generous donations from the Wyss Foundation and the Daros Collection of the Stephan Schmidheiny family provide the basis for the project's realization. Overall, costs of construction and launch of the project are estimated at CHF 80 million.

The complete project by Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner will be presented beginning of 2017.