11 architects for the Beyeler Foundation extension
By RICCARDO BIANCHINI - September 15, 2016
UPDATE: On September 15, 2016 the Beyeler Foundation announced that PETER ZUMTHOR is the architect selected to design the extension.
Peter Zumthor, portrait by Gary Ebner
“The sky above Basel, the city and its surroundings–those are the landscapes of my youth. It is heart-warming to be able to design a major building here.” is Zumthor’s pleased response.
“We are delighted to have secured one of the world’s best architects as a partner for the project”, says Hansjörg Wyss, the President of the Beyeler-Stiftung and the Evaluation Board, as well as the project’s initiator.
“Peter Zumthor possesses the sensitivity and experience that are needed to create a building of outstanding quality in this very special location.” Sam Keller, Director of the Beyeler, added.
The Beyeler Foundation in Riehen, Basel, has announced that eleven architectural offices have been selected to participate in the design study for the extension of the Swiss museum, which main building was designed by Renzo Piano in the mid-1990s.
The design study is aimed to identify the architecture firm that will build the extension.
After a pre-qualification stage, the assessment board – which included acclaimed cultural personalities such as Hansjörg Wyss, Roger Diener, Rolf Fehlbaum, Jean Nouvel, and Sir Nicholas Serota, among others – selected the following architects/architectural offices to contribute to the design study development:
Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan)
Junya Ishigami + Associates (Japan)
Christian Kerez Zürich AG (Switzerland)
Made In Architects (Switzerland)
Studio Märkli (Switzerland)
Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd (Japan)
Smiljan Radic (Chile)
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA (Japan)
Souto Moura – Arquitectos SA (Portugal)
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (United States)
Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner (Switzerland)
Details on the design study will be released in the second half of 2016
Cover image: The Beyeler Foundation building designed by Renzo Piano, photo by Mark Niedermann; courtesy of Fondation Beyeler
Sou Fujimoto, Serpentine Summer Pavilion 2013, photo © 2013 Iwan Baan, courtesy of Serpentine Galleries
Junya Ishigami. Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, Kanagawa, Japan. 2005–08. © Junya.Ishigami + Associates, courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art New York
Serpentine Summer Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radic, photo by Riccardo Bianchini © Inexhibit 2014
Winning design for the Budapest National Gallery competition by SANAA, image courtesy of LIget Budapest
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2005 – Álvaro Siza, and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond, Photograph © 2005 Sally Tallant, courtesy of Serpentine Galleries
Serpentine Summer Pavilion 2011 designed by Peter Zumthor, Photographs © 2011 John Offenbach, courtesy of Serpentine Galleries