A foundation stone laying ceremony for the extension of the Kunsthaus Zurich took place on Tuesday 8 November. Guests from politics, business and culture attended the ceremony where David Chipperfield was one of six key figures to give a short speech. A time-capsule containing notes written by the speakers was subsequently buried on site.
Designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, the Kunsthaus Zurich extension will sit opposite the existing museum on a square in central Zurich. It will display a collection of classic modernism, the Bührle Collection, a contemporary art collection and temporary exhibition space. The distinct feature of the new building is the central entrance hall which connects a garden at the rear with the square at the front. This hall allows visitors to experience art in a publicly accessible space outside of the general museum activities.