The music school is one of a number of new cultural buildings in Stuttgart. Its site is adjacent to the Staatsgalerie, designed by the same architects and completed in 1984, and its shapes and materials complement the earlier building.
Nine floors of teaching and practice rooms are strung out in one long building with a main road on one side and a new plaza on the other. The main focus of the building is the cylindrical tower that is set into it and bulges out at either side. This contains the concert hall and library and on top there is a roof terrace with spectacular views of the city.