Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has unveiled three design concepts for a new wing at Germany’s Kunsthalle Bielefeld museum. The addition will allow the museum to display its permanent collection, something it is unable to do in the current building designed by Philip Johnson in 1968.
Museum officials sought an internationally renowned architect to oversee the expansion, which needed to be “equal to the famous original building and conceived as an exemplary monument to architecture.” The project also called for a contemporary approach that “[set] standards for the architecture of the future, just as Johnson’s design did at the time.”
Fujimoto’s three designs incorporate the city and surrounding nature. The first proposal, “Stacked Landscape,” takes its cues from the site’s sculpture park.
“Porous Park,” the second concept, envisions the new wing as an autonomous part of a coherent building that integrates elements of the landscape.
The third design, called "Fortress," taps into the urban environment while referencing the Sparrenberg castle, which sits high above the town of Bielefeld.
Fujimoto is no stranger to the museum. He wrote his essay on the exhibition "Architecture as Forest" based on his impressions of Kunsthalle’s site.