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Grisons Museum of Fine Arts Extension

Picture of Words & Photography: Karin Bürki

Words & Photography: Karin Bürki


The 4,000 m2 purist concrete cube is located in the centre of Chur, opposite Villa Planta, the magnificently ornate 18th-century home of the original art museum. The extension, by Barcelona-based Barozzi Veiga, is a contemporary take on the Palladian style of its predecessor. But instead of pomp, radical reduction and repetition reign supreme: the exterior’s sleek, inset relief panels are made up of 4,600 square blocks of cast concrete. It’s Palladian for purists. This minimalist cube is a fine example of how concrete can be made into something that is both strikingly bold and delicate.

The extension won the RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018.
Museum of Fine Arts Chur, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Barozzi/Veiga, © Karin Bürki/Heartbrut. Explore more on

© Karin Bürki/Heartbrut

© Karin Bürki/Heartbrut

La Tulipe (The Tulip), Centre for Medical Research, Geneva 1975-1976,© Karin Bürki/Heartbrut, Swiss Brutalism. Explore more on
Haus Vogelbacher, Pierre Zoelly, Stampa, Bregaglia, Canton of Grisons. Swiss brutalism, Schweizer Brutalismus, brutalisme suisse. Explore on
Three Loops, Betonschleife, Ralph Bänziger, Zurich 1977, Brutalism, © Karin Bürki/Heartbrut. Explore more on
Palais des Congrès, Conference Centre, Swimming Pool, Max Schlup, Biel/Bienne, 1961-1965, © Karin Bürki/Heartbrut, Swiss Brutalism. Explore more on