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Tale of two cities for Chipperfield

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David Chipperfield discovered he had won a prestigious competition in Switzerland only hours after finding out his proposed St Louis Art Museum in the USA had hit the rocks

The architect’s Berlin office beat 214 other entrants to land the contest to design the US$128 million (£81 million) extension to Kunsthaus Zurich, a modern art museum (pictured).

The victory was particularly welcome following news that another of the practice’s competition-winning gallery expansion projects – the £60 million addition to the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri, USA – had been put on indefinite hold.

According to the gallery, the 7,660m2 extension plans have been mothballed due to the economic downturn, which has affected a fundraising campaign.

John D Weil, president of the museum’s board of commissioners, said: ‘With the current disruption in the financial markets, we believe it is in the best interest of the museum and the St Louis community to temporarily delay our expansion.

He added: ‘We will set a date for our groundbreaking once the market stabilises.’

The scheme had been due to start on site at the end of this year (AJ online 06.11.07).

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