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Over the centuries, the pastoral Sauerland Region in northwest Germany has witnessed the rise and fall of Emperors, the ebbs and flows of industry and much more. A record of this past is preserved at the Sauerland-Museum of local history, housed in the Landsberger Hof, a 17th-century neoclassical palace in Arnsberg. Originally built for Gertrud von Plettenberg, the mistress of Ernest of Bavaria, the palace functioned well as a piece of living history, but lacked the technical capacity to host more complex shows.

In 2012, Stuttgart-based Bez + Kock Architekten was tasked with designing an extension to the historic museum to support its expanding exhibition program. The resulting 1,247-square-metre addition straddles the border of old...

In Germany, the Sauerland-Museum Transforms Context into Subject

Bez + Kock Architekten’s monolithic, tiered addition to the museum of local history bridges past and present — literally.

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