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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Entrance
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Entrance

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Entrance

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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8031 Zurich
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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94
8031 Zurich
Pavillon Le Corbusier
Höschgasse 8
8008 Zürich
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  • Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Entrance
  • Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Entrance
  • Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Entrance
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  • Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Entrance
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We are now at the last stop on our walk and are standing under the projecting roof sheltering the entrance of the Museum für Gestaltung.
The open space under the roof, the massive pillars and the entrance itself, with its steel-framed glass panes reaching down to the ground speak a clear language. The building – just like the garden – is a typical example of “Neues Bauen”. The complex was designed by the two Zurich architects Adolf Steger and Karl Egender and opened in 1933. It housed the Kunstgewerbeschule – the School of Arts and Crafts – and vocational schools as well as the Gewerbemuseum – the craft museum – which is now the Museum für Gestaltung. In 2014 the museum and the former Kunstgewerbeschule – which by then was part of the Zurich University of the Arts – moved into the newly opened “Toni-Areal”. The building here was closed for several years for renovation, and reopened in 2018. The Museum für Gestaltung moved back in, while the University of the Arts remained in the Toni-Areal.
But if you think back to the start of our walk, you’ll know that the history of the museum is much older than this building. The Gewerbemuseum was founded back in 1875 and for decades was housed in one of the wings of the National Museum, along with the Kunstgewerbeschule.
So that is the link between the National Museum and the Museum für Gestaltung. Both are worth a visit. But since you are now here… why not go inside? We hope you enjoyed the walk and that you’ll enjoy your visit to the museum too.

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Entrance
Image credits

Fotografie, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Eingang
Abbildung: Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum

Fotografie, Neues Gewerbeschulhaus und Kunstgewerbemuseum, Baustelle im Dezember 1930
Abbildung: Archiv ZHdK / Fotografie: unbekannt

Fotografie, Gewerbeschule und Kunstgewerbemuseum der Stadt Zürich von Südwesten, 1933
Abbildung: Archiv ZHdK / Fotografie: unbekannt

Fotografie, Kunstgewerbeschule und -museum, Ansicht Ausstellungsstrasse/Baumgasse, 1937
Abbildung: Archiv ZHdK / Fotografie: unbekannt

Fotografie, Kunstgewerbeschule und -museum, Museumsfoyer mit Garderobe, 1938
Abbildung: Archiv ZHdK / Fotografie: unbekannt

Zeitungsausschnitt, Neue Zürcher Zeitung vom 17. November 1929

Karikatur, Negative Abstimmungspropaganda für die Volksabstimmung 1930, Zürcher Volkszeitung vom 1. März 1930
Abbildung: Archiv ZHdK