I’ve always liked the Fondation Beyeler – the beautiful, suburban building designed by Renzo Piano between the road and fields on the outskirts of Basel, with spaces which are all daylit, looking out through large windows onto fields, but, at the same time, well judged, well proportioned, and providing the best possible conditions for the viewing of art.
The Foundation was established in 1982 by Ernst Beyeler and Hilda Kunz. They showed their collection at the Reina Sofia in 1989, at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in 1993, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1997. The building opened on 18 October 1997.
I walked round the outside to get a better sense of the ways that it connects to nature and the surrounding countryside:-