Fondation Beyeler, the second volume in the series, was issued in 2008.
The story of the project starts from the background to the first conjectural ideas for the project, revealing the long and complex research, never recounted before, that led to the construction of this museum.
A journey told in images, through previously unpublished sketches and drawings, study and presentation models, scientific experiments with light, sound and materials, so coming to the construction site, the completed building and the spaces lived in. The closing text, recorded live from Renzo Piano's own voice, reveals everything that went on behind the scenes, including relations with the client Ernst Beyeler, who wanted a space perfectly integrated into the natural setting for his works. The consequent design choice made the works the true protagonists of the space in this extraordinary collection.
The book guides the reader through the development of the project and its construction.