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Chipperfield confirms final designs for contentious Kunsthaus Zürich extension

[First look + plans] David Chipperfield Architects has unveiled its ‘definitive designs’ for its competition-winning Kunsthaus Zürich gallery extension following a series of changes

Almost three years after the practice’s Berlin office beat more than 210 entries to land the project (December 2008), the gallery has confirmed the £129 million scheme is now set for a 2017 opening - subject to a public referendum on the proposals next year (2012).

Chipperfield’s initial competition submission was shrunk in 2009 after calls from the contest jury (see below) and earlier this year local campaign groups in the Swiss city demanded the proposed building was moved back 10m.

A spokesman said: ‘[The competition proposal] was subsequently optimized in line with the jury’s recommendations [and] has now assumed its
definitive form. During the preliminary design project, the basic architectural concept of the winning submission was refined and adapted to meet the needs of its future users.’

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Chipperfield redesigns his Kunsthaus Zürich extension proposal

David Chipperfield Architects has reworked its competition-winning design for the Kunsthaus Zürich gallery extension following calls from the contest jury

The revised plans for the new Swiss landmark include a reduction to the building’s volume, a more precise position on Heimplatz, greater openness to the extension’s surroundings on all four sides and an upgrading of the art garden.

These revisions ‘address all of the concerns raised’ by the jury. The scheme is generally more open and landscaped and is ‘now more consistent with the political and cultural interests of Zürich’s urban development department’.

The practice’s Berlin office beat more than 210 entries to land the project in December 2008.

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