Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur Extension, Barozzi Veiga, Chur, Canton of Grisons 2014-2016, Brutalism © Karin Bürki / HEARTBRUT

Museum of Fine Arts Chur (Extension)

Barozzi Veiga, Canton of Grisons 2014-2016

© Images & Text: Karin Bürki / HEARTBRUT

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Palladian for purists: The 4,000-square-metre concrete cube adjoins Villa Planta, the splendidly ornamental 18th-century home to the original art museum in the centre of Chur. The extension acts as a contemporary take on the villa’s Palladian pomp – with all superfluous elements stringently stripped down. The facade’s eye-catching inset relief panels comprise 4,600 square blocks of moulded concrete. The minimalist cube by Barcelona-based studio Barozzi Veiga is a fine example of how concrete can be translated into something that is both eye-catchingly bold and filigrane at the same time.

The extension won the RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018.

Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur Extension, Barozzi Veiga, Chur, Canton of Grisons 2014-2016, Brutalism © Karin Bürki / HEARTBRUT
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur Extension, Barozzi Veiga, Chur, Canton of Grisons 2014-2016, Brutalism © Karin Bürki / HEARTBRUT
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur Extension, Barozzi Veiga, Chur, Canton of Grisons 2014-2016, Brutalism © Karin Bürki / HEARTBRUT
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur Extension, Barozzi Veiga, Chur, Canton of Grisons 2014-2016, Brutalism © Karin Bürki / HEARTBRUT
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