david chipperfield's kunsthaus zürich photographed by vincent hecht

david chipperfield's kunsthaus zürich photographed by vincent hecht

vincent hecht captures the chipperfield extension in zürich

 

david chipperfield’s berlin studio has expanded the existing kunsthaus museum in zürich, and has now been photographed by vincent hecht. the institution is now the largest art museum in switzerland, comprising four buildings from different eras: the moser building (1910), the pfister building (1958), the müller building (1976), and now the chipperfield extension (2020). the new freestanding building houses the collection of classic modernism, the bührle collection, temporary exhibitions, and art from 1960 onwards. see designboom’s previous coverage here.

 

photographer vincent hecht captures the spirit of the newly expanded museum following its opening last fall. 

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images © vincent hecht | @atelier.vincent.hecht

 

 

a facade of slender vertical fins

 

david chipperfield architects berlin says that the urban concept for the kunsthaus zürich extension, captured here by vincent hecht, envisaged the placement of a clear geometric volume on the northern edge of the square. the project’s architectural identity is modeled on traditional stone façades, as found in the existing kunsthaus and many other significant public buildings in the city. the new building combines tradition and innovation through slender vertical fins crafted from local jurassic limestone with sawn surfaces placed at regular intervals in the façade.

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‘the project for the extension of kunsthaus zürich brings together the fundamental concerns of museum design with the responsibilities created by both the urban context and the relationship with the existing museum,’ explains david chipperfield. ‘from the outset, we have sought to invest the museum with the physical qualities that enhance the experience of the museum visitor while considering the civic nature of the building and the institution.’

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