The Schloss Neuhaus an der Donau, built in the 12th century, is located in upper Austria perched atop a rocky promontory overlooking the Danube River 220 meters below. In the 13th and 17th centuries new structures were added to the original Schloss or Castle. Otto Plappart, the owner of the Castle decided that now was the moment to create an additional building: The Klaus Rinke Museum. He asked Rinke to recommend an architect. Rinke approached his friend and acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel, with whom he had previously collaborated, to design the museum.