Creative tension: new Bauhaus museum to be designed by architects with opposing styles

by Jak Phillips | 14 Sep 2015

An open competition to design a museum near the site of the iconic German art and design school Bauhaus has been jointly won by two teams of international architects.

The final proposal for the Bauhaus Museum will be developed by Spain-based architects Gonzalez Hinz Zabala with landscape firm Roser Vives de Delas, as well as Young & Ayata and Misako Murata from the US, after their designs were chosen from anonymously-presented submissions.

The open competition for the museum was launched in February 2015. The building is scheduled to be complete in 2019 to mark the 100th anniversary of the school’s opening, although it is unclear how the two designs will be developed to create a final proposal.

The Spanish vision for the Dessau-based museum is a long rectangular form with an external structural frame, as well as a black upper volume above a glazed street-level lower floor. Meanwhile the American team has developed a design consisting of a group of colourful conjoined pods that create walkways beneath and between their curved shapes.

Planned for a central location in the German town, the museum will sit in the city park to the south of the school building.

It will include a spatial programme of 3,500sq m (37,674sq ft), with 2,100sq m (22,604sq ft) of exhibition space. It will hold the world’s second-largest collection of Bauhaus heritage material – approximately 40,000 objects.

Originally founded and directed by architect Walter Gropius in 1919, the school which taught modernist principles across art, architecture and graphic, interior and industrial design, was originally located in Weimar until it moved to Dessau between 1925 and 1932, followed by a year-long stint in Berlin.

Both the sites in Weimar and Dessau are World Heritage Sites. A Gropius-designed building on the site of the Dessau school currently serves as a museum in which visitor can spend the night in former student dormitories.

Chris Deacon, director of London’s Tate Modern who helped select the candidates as part of the jury, said the proposals were “very diverse.” “It will be a chance to start the discussion in the international public and with experts,” he said.

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation director Claudia Perren added: “We consciously decided for an open, anonymous announcement, to offer young offices and international architects a real chance.”

Related stories

Willmott Dixon wins £20m fit-out contract for John Pawson's London Design Museum

Design of the year 2015 exhibition opens at London's Design Museum

London’s Design Museum to offer free entry

Bauhaus offers guests chance to stay at innovative design school

An open competition to design a museum near the site of the iconic German art and design school Bauhaus has been jointly won by two teams of international architects. The final proposal for the Bauhaus Museum will be developed by Spain-based architects Gonzalez Hinz Zabala with landscape firm Roser Vives de Delas, as well as Young & Ayata and Misako Murata from the US, after their designs were chosen from
CLD,VAT,HAM,PRO,ARC,DES
The American team has developed a design consisting of a group of colourful conjoined pods / Young & Ayata
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7602     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7602     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Fabio Alemanno Design Ltd
Based on ancient knowledge – and confirmed by scientific research – warmth is one of the most important sources of healing and preventative therapy available.
videos
BluGalaxy a Division of Blu Spas
Blu Spas
This animation showcases the beautiful concept design of BluGalaxy Spa.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
Olga Polizzi went to Rome Art School before joining the design department at Forte Hotels
Olga Polizzi is director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels and also owns two of her own hotels
"On Via Sistina, everything breathes history. At the same time I wanted to reflect the modern hunger for the fantastical - Tommaso Ziffer"

Following the highly anticipated launch of Rome’s Hotel de la Ville, Rocco Forte’s director of design reflects on a fascinating project

The museum’s glass façade was designed to evoke a pleated Roman toga
Elizabeth de Portzamparc
"We need to stop the destruction of our world through predatory practices. We need to think of the future"

The architect behind Nimes’ Musée de la Romanité on designing to counter loneliness and the need for more cultural buildings

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
The award-winning mixed use Santana Row project in San Jose, California
Scott Lee became president of SB Architects in 2000. Tracy Lee founded TLee Spas in 2015
"We design to connect the guest to the place, positioning people at the centre of the design"

Architect Scott Lee and spa consultant Tracey Lee on marrying the worlds of design and wellness in a series of interesting projects

features
Dana Kalczak
"If we had focused entirely on high tech in the hotel, the artistry we normally strive for would have been compromised"

Four Seasons’ vice president of design speaks to CLAD about working with Norman Foster and creating magical moments

Francis graduated as a landscape architect in Belgium. He returned to Lebanon in 1993
"I believe gardens are where the soul rests"

With a focus on desert landscapes and collaborations with Zaha Hadid and OMA, the principal of Francis Landscapes has a deep belief in the power of nature

cladkit product news
Cosm unveils Experience Centre with ‘one of a kind’ LED dome
The new Experience Centre houses a 20m LED dome
Magali Robathan
Cosm, a global technology company that builds end-to-end solutions for immersive experiences, has unveiled its Experience Centre which houses a ...
Atelier Alain Ellouz launches handcrafted precious stone lighting collection
LYRA has a sleek, cylindrical design complete with an elegant brass dimming switch
Megan Whitby
LYRA, GAMA, MONA and ATHENA are the first pieces from designer Atelier Alain Ellouz’s new.édition collection of handcrafted stone lighting ...
Painting with Light pushes boundaries to create unforgettable visual concepts
The team combines lighting, video, sound and special effects, with scenic and architectural elements, to create unforgettable visual experiences
Megan Whitby
Belgium-based light and video design studio, Painting with Light, will translate the story of your location into a visual experience, ...
cladkit product news
Christie laser projectors power new Five Senses Bubble dome theatre
The dome aims to integrate technology with arts and culture
Magali Robathan
Christie® GS Series 1DLP® laser projectors are delivering vivid and lifelike visuals in a new dome theatre located in Xiong’an ...
Siminetti unveils first glimpses of Mother of Pearl decorative surfaces inspired by the four seasons
The new winter design is finished with naturally occurring hexagonal patterns found in snowflakes
Megan Whitby
Siminetti has collaborated with British designer Chrisanna London to create a luxury Mother of Pearl decorative surface range inspired by ...
Móz Designs columns anchor the world’s largest indoor aquarium
The design of the columns was inspired by the sea
Magali Robathan
After a two-year renovation, Oakland-based metal experts Móz Designs have unveiled their inclusion in Georgia Aquarium’s new shark gallery. Located ...
cladkit product news
ASPA International launches handheld UV-C light disinfection lamp
The compact plug-in product can be used easily in a commercial spa or domestic setting to disinfect surfaces with UV-C light
Megan Whitby
For over 30 years, ASPA International has designed and built high-quality spas for the hotel, health and wellness sectors. During ...
LianTronics’ glasses-free 3D Star Trek LED screen attracts attention
Magali Robathan
LianTronics’ giant curved LED wall with stunning glasses-less 3D spaceship display effect has attracted many on the street of Chengdu, ...
Matteo Thun grows Allaperto collection with new suspended outdoor armchair
Megan Whitby
Allaperto, the lounge collection spawned by the partnership between design studios, Matteo Thun, Ethimo and Antonio Rodriguez, has been expanded ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates