The buildings of Rapperswil-Jona Stadtmuseum complex have been around for more than 700 years. The small castle complex from the end of the 13th century, nestled in a picturesque area above the lake Zurich, consists of a guardtower, a residential area and adjacent farm buildings along the city walls. The museum building has recently undergone a large scale reconstruction, introducing a design by the Swiss studio mlzd. As the winners of a 2007 competition, mlzd in cooperation with the municipality helped to restore the national significance of the museum. The aim of the project was to transcend the city boundaries and to reach out to new culture-lovers and present the museum and the city as an attractive tourist destination.
The new building was carefully integrated into the existing organism of the old town. The facade and the roof are designed to not cover the existing windows and doors of the original buildings. The north side of the building reflects the character of urban landscape, therefore it remained unchanged. In the winding streets and alleys, the new structure tries not to interrupt the characteristic image of this beautiful area by its presence. Simultaneously, its majestic bronze facade made of TECU Bond, creating the main access point of the modern complex, contributes to a specific new tone of the area.