David Chipperfield Architects has won the Swiss Fr150 million (£80 million) international competition to extend Zurich’s Kunsthaus, the city’s modern art museum.

Chipperfield’s design was selected from an initial 214 anonymous entries to Zurich’s Department of Structural Engineering, which organised the competition. These were subsequently narrowed down to 20 in the first round of judging in March.

This 20-strong shortlist included Caruso St John, Max Dudler, Steven Holl, Rex Architecture and Sauerbruch Hutton.

The extension will house galleries for displaying new media, prints, drawings and photography.

It will also have classical gallery space for the museum’s Bührle collection and 19th century artworks.

The winning design will be announced formally on December 15, and an exhibition of all 20 shortlisted projects will be held at the Kunsthaus from December 16 2008-January 11 2009.

First draft competition rendering of Kunsthaus Zürich extension by winner David Chipperfield Architects Ltd/Imaging Atelier
Credit: Imaging Atelier
First draft competition rendering of Kunsthaus Zürich extension by winner David Chipperfield Architects Ltd/Imaging Atelier

The scheme is one of the first elements of the city’s central development plan to get under way, and is due for completion in 2015.

The 20 shortlisted architects in full:

  • Andreas Fuhrimann/Gabrielle Hächler, Zurich
  • Annette Gigon/Mike Guyer, Zurich
  • Arge Grazioli/Krischanitz, Zurich
  • Barkow Leibinger Architekten, Berlin
  • Caruso St John Architects, London
  • David Chipperfield Architects, London
  • Diener & Diener Architekten, Basel
  • Eckert Eckert Architekten, Zurich
  • Josep Lluís Mateo MAP Arquitectos, Barcelona
  • Luis Mansilla & Emilio Tuñón Arquitectos, Madrid
  • Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten, Zurich
  • Max Dudler Architekten, Zurich
  • Mazzapokora, Zurich, & Buchner Bründler, Basel
  • Miller & Maranta, Basel
  • Oskar Leo Kaufmann/Albert Rüf Ziviltechniker, Dornbirn, Austria
  • Pool Architekten, Zurich, & Aires Mateus & Associados, Lisbon
  • Rex Architecture, New York
  • Rüssli Architekten, Lucerne, & Steven Holl Architects, New York
  • Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin
  • Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos, Santiago, Chile