After two and a half years of construction, the Bauhaus Museum Dessau opened its doors to visitors on September 8, 2019. The new building by the Barcelona-based firm Addenda Architects is a museum dedicated to the Bauhaus design movement located in Dessau, Germany. It allows the full range of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s collection to be presented and seen.
Built for the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, more than 1,000 exhibits are on display and tell the story of the famous school, its students and the daily reality of learning and teaching creative design, industrial prototype production, and artistic experimentation. Prior to the new museum, it was only possible to present the prized collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in a limited way in the Bauhaus Building. The collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation comprises around 49,000 catalogued exhibits and will have a total usable area of 3,500 square meters.
Addenda Architects’ design was selected from 831 submissions in an open international competition held in late 2015. The jury was impressed with their concept – a building within a building – comprising a soaring steelwork block in a glass envelope. On the upper floor, a hermetic ‘Black Box’ enables the presentation of the collection. The transparent ground floor, the museum’s foyer, will serve as an open platform for temporary exhibitions of contemporary works and events.
sources: bauhaus-dessau, wikipedia