Burda Collection Museum
Richard Meier & Partners

March 21, 2005 /

Baden-Baden, Germany

burda_1.jpgPhoto: Klaus Frahm

The new museum for the Frieder Burda Collection in Baden-Baden is designed to be in harmony with the surrounding Lichtentaler Allee Park and to compliment the adjacent Kunsthalle.

The overall size and proportions of the aluminum and glass new building are in scale with the Neoclassical Kunsthalle; creating a sense of unity while each institution maintains its own unique identity.

Photo: Klaus Frahm

Meier's sparse white cubes represent a type of sacred space where art will be revered in the tradition of the first, early 19th century museums.

/Victoria Newhouse

Nestled amongst the majestic trees of the park the building is intertwined with the park and the surrounding neighborhood via existing and new pathways. To the south, a gently sloping grassy area flanks the lower floor exhibition area, enhancing the museum's connection to the existing natural surroundings.

Photo: Klaus Frahm

A reflecting water pool embraces the building on the south and east further enhancing the museum's connection to the existing natural surroundings.

Photo: Klaus Frahm

The museum's main gallery, covered with skylights, is accessed from the ramp hall via a bridge that allows for views back to the surrounding park or to the lower level. 

Photo: Klaus Frahm

The skylights are louvered to control the amount of light entering the gallery space throughout the day while the recessed floor plate brings natural light down into the lower levels.

Photo: Klaus Frahm

Photo: Klaus Frahm

All of the elements of the new building for the Frieder Burda Collection work together to embrace and respect the historic trees, the park and the Kunsthalle.

Model photo: Pavel Stecha
Drawing Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
Site Plan


Drawing Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
Ground Floor Plan

Drawing Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
East Elevation

Facts about Burda Collection Museum

Total area:

2,000 square meters (21,500 square feet)
Exhibition area: 1,000 square meters (10,750 square feet)


Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

Principal in Charge:

Richard Meier, FAIA, FRIBA

Design Partner:

Bernhard Karpf, AIA

Project Architect:

Stefan Scheiber


David Robins
James Luhur
Sudipto Ghosh
Annie Lo
Anne Strüwing

Associate Architect:
Peter W. Kruse, Freier Architekt

Structural Engineer:

Schumer + Kienzle

Geotechnical Engineer:


Mechanical Engineer:

Schneider, Ebinger, Früh Ingenieurgesellschaft

Electrical Engineer:

b.i.g. Bechtold Ingenieurgesellschaft

Façade Consultant:

Lothar Rudolph, Berater f. Fassadentechnik

Lighting Consultant:

Zumtobel Staff

Acoustic Consultant:

Müller BBM Munich

Landscape Architect:

Bernd Weigel

Project Management:

Heinz Lehmann, Ingenieurbüro für Bauwesen


Stiftung Frieder Burda

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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