The Museum Angewandte Kunst is a vibrant place of discovery which has its finger on the pulse of current developments in society. Against the background of its prominent collections of outstanding works of applied art, with a special emphasis on design and fashion, it strives to shed light on the obscure and create relationships between the events and stories revolving around objects of the past, present and future. Its unique approach, portraying its exhibits solely from the perspective of their history, distances the museum from traditional exhibiting norms dating from the 19th century.
The museum’s contemporary nature is reflected in its stunning architecture, which recalls Le Corbusier's residential houses in its classical modern style designed by architect Richard Meier. The building is an L-shaped complex composed of three cubes surrounding the Villa Metzler and joining it to form a square. The villa is another unique feature of the museum. It was built in 1804 as a summer house for the apothecary Peter Salzwedel. By combining history and modernity in this way, the museum offers visitors a very special experience.