During 2002/03, the Fotostiftung Schweiz and the Fotomuseum Winterthur converted part of the "Schleife" industrial site into premises for a multi-faceted platform for the medium of photography. The two independent institutions each have a different aim in the jointly run centre: whereas the emphasis of the Fotostiftung Schweiz is on Swiss photography from its beginnings to the present, the Fotomuseum Winterthur focuses primarily on international contemporary and historical photography. A total of 1300m2 is available for temporary exhibitions and presentations of the collections, and the premises also comprise air-conditioned depots for black and white and colour photography, a library, seminar rooms, a shop, a lounge, and the café-bistro "George".
The conversion project was financed primarely by the Volkart Foundation.
The Fotostiftung Schweiz is Switzerland’s leading competence center of Swiss photography and photo-based art. Together with the Fotomuseum Winterthur, it ranks among the Art Museums of Switzerland: twelve world-class museums representing enjoyable arts of highest levels.