Fondation Beyeler building designed by Renzo Piano
Mark Niedermann Fondation Beyeler building designed by Renzo Piano

As plans for his curved renovation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art move forward, Peter Zumthor, Hon. FAIA, just received a commission for another art museum across the globe: Switzerland's Fondation Beyeler, a museum established in 1997 by the late art dealer Ernst Beyeler and his wife, Hildy.

The museum has tasked Zumthor with designing a new building on the museum's complex in Riehen, which currently contains a Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA–designed museum building and an 18th-century villa that houses offices and a restaurant. This new building would be constructed in the nearby Iselin-Weber Park, adding more outdoor space to the existing 103,333-square-foot Berower Park that surrounds the main building.

The museum launched a design study for the project in March, and 11 firms were invited to participate: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner, Christian Kerez, Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Junya Ishigami + Associates, Made In Sàrl, SANAA, Smiljan Radic, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Souto Moura - Arquitectos, Studio Märkli, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners.

Details about the Zumthor project at Fondation Beyeler are scheduled to be released in the coming months.