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Brief Published: 23 Feb 2012

Unobtrusive Museum Extension


Embracing the benefits of infill architecture, Swiss practice :Mlzd designed a modern extension for two historic buildings at Switzerland’s Rapperswil-Jona Municipal Museum by simply nestling a new space between the two.

The perforated bronze addition is intended to establish a more intuitive flow through the museum internally, while simultaneously creating an external element of visual intrigue for passers-by.

Despite the extension’s stark contrast with its surroundings, careful consideration has been paid to the design’s scale and position to ensure a strong sense of architectural integration. Located in a narrow side street, the structure is invisible from the north, leaving at least one view completely untouched.