A NEUTRAL SPACE FOR A BETTER ENJOYMENT OF THE WORKS OF ART
Expansion of the Kunsthaus in Zurich
David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
The expansion of the Kunsthaus in Zurich, one of the most important Swiss institutions in the world of art, consists of an elementary volume overlooking the Heimplatz, between the existing museum, the Schauspielhaus and the Cantonal School, slightly more to the North. Compared to the “will of shape” of many museums, which often takes over the exposed works, in the case of the Kunsthaus, Chipperfield is moved by a higher aspiration toward the pursuit of the maximum quality of visitor experience, in the enjoyment of artworks. This goal orients his design choices and leads the architect to do “slightly less”, rather than “slightly more”. Architecture takes one step behind, takes a backseat, becomes a scene and turns silent.