In 1944, Martin Bodmer purchased a property in Cologny to house his book collection. Two existing pavillons were transformed and used by the museum from 1951 to 2001.
Plans to extend the museum space were started in 1999 and the underground extension, designed by Mario Botta, was inaugurated in 2005.
Fondation Bodmer, extension by Mario Botta
Fondation Bodmer, extension by Mario Botta
Fondation Bodmer, extension by Mario Botta
Fondation Bodmer, extension by Mario Botta
A second extension was designed by Localarchitecture and built in 2017/2018.
Fondation Martin Bodmer, 2nd extension 2017-18
Fondation Martin Bodmer, 2nd extension 2017-18
Fondation Martin Bodmer, 2nd extension 2017-18
Fondation Martin Bodmer, 2nd extension 2017-18
Fondation Martin Bodmer, 2nd extension 2017-18
Fondation Martin Bodmer, 2nd extension 2017-18
Another Swiss Museum designed by Mario Botta is the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel.