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Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Site: Dessau, Germany
Project Status: Competition
Main Use: Museum
Total Floor Area: 5.500 m²
Structural System: Steel

The Bauhaus was strongly aiming to establish a new culture of everyday life. It dealt with the production for the masses and combining design and life. Therefore it seems only logical for the new Bauhaus Museum to become part of the city, a part of life in Dessau and makes boundaries between museum and public life disappear. The idea of the Bauhaus is transformed via an urban platform into a contemporary language.

This platform is created under a generous column-free roof. A retractable façade of industrial shutters on the edge of the roof protects the platform form the elements when necessary. The glazed shutters maintain the visual connections between the park, the city and the museum. The façade can be completely or partially opened, so that the space beneath the roof becomes a real platform in the park and activities of the museum become public. The boundaries between everyday life and the museum dissolve. The platform can be used for various activities, it is an extension of the foyer as well as an extension of public open space.

The actual exhibition spaces are organised underground. Like a chest of treasure, the huge exhibition hall offers perfect protection for the exhibited objects. It is layouted as an elongated, neutral and column-free space with a luminous ceiling, thus offering high flexibility for all kinds of exhibition concepts. The exhibition hall is linked with the ground floor via two stair cases.