The Museum of the Cultures of the World needed an extension in order to show its rich collection as well as providing temporary exhibitions. Its complex concave geometry results from the distances between the roots of the garden’s trees. The Corten-steel facade, which evokes a textile partition, is broken into fragments in order to avoid the massiveness of a plain wall within the garden. Hinting at a temporary construction, the volume rises on steel stilts to keep the transparency of the ground-floor level as well as the expanse of the public park. Inside, the curved walls subtly guide the movements of the visitors through the column-free spaces.
About The Designer
Christ & Gantenbein was established by Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein in 1998. Together with their six associates Mona Farag, Julia Tobler, Tabea Lachenmann, Anna Flückiger, Michael Bertschmann, Victoria Easton, and a team of 35 architects, they work on a wide range of projects: from private assignments, renovation of historic buildings to housing, office buildings and bridges as well as big scale urban masterplans. One of their main focal points is museum architecture.