Bauhaus Museum Dessau 2019
Bauhaus Museum Dessau by addenda architects (González Hinz Zabala)
The Bauhaus Museum Dessau is being built for the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus and will open in 2019, the centenary year. So far, it has only been possible to present the prized collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in a limited way in the Bauhaus Building. In the new museum, a suitable space to publicly display the collection is being created for the very first time. The collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation comprises around 49,000 catalogued exhibits and is the second-largest collection worldwide on the theme of the Bauhaus. The new museum will have an exhibition space of 2,100 square metres and a total usable area of 3,500 square metres.
The Bauhaus Museum Dessau is being built by addenda architects (González Hinz Zabala), an up-and-coming architecture office from Barcelona. Their design was selected from 831 submissions in an open international competition held in late 2015. The jury were convinced by the museum concept – a building within a building – comprising a soaring steelwork block in a glass envelope. On the upper floor, a hermetic ‘Black Box’ will enable the presentation of the collection. The museum tasks of collecting, preservation and conservation will be performed here. The transparent ground floor, the museum foyer, will serve as an open platform offering among other things curatorial freedom for temporary exhibitions of contemporary works and events. The museum is located in the city park in the centre of Dessau, where it will establish a connection between the built-up part of the city on the Kavalierstraße and the green periphery of the park.
The foundation stone for the new museum was laid on 4 December 2016 during the festive weekend to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus Building. Work on the new museum building has been progressing since then. In October 2017 the foundation pit was completed and the structural work on the ground floor began. In September 2018, the upper floor and roof area were completed. At the same time the facade work was started. In December 2019, the building and facade will be completely finished. By the end of the 1st quarter of 2019, the finishing work is to be completed.
The new building will cost 28 million euros, borne equally by the Federal Government and the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. The site is provided by the municipality of Dessau-Roßlau. The principal is the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
The opening of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau on 8 September 2019 is one of the highlights of the centenary.
Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Current information event
Themed evenings following the construction of the new museum.
2017 – 2019
How is the construction of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau progressing? The Head of Departement Building and Construction answers
New York artist Lucy Raven has won the invitation competition "Kunst am Bau" – with her concept of "Lichtspielhaus", a dynamic lighting installation made of glass in different colours, which interacts with the architecture of the building by González Hinz Zabala (addenda architects).
The film on the Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Development of the construction site from May 2017 to the present day
Funding by the Federal Government, the State of Saxony-Anhalt
and the City of Dessau-Roßlau
The construction of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau is supported by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, according to a decision of the German Bundestag and by the state of Saxony-Anhalt. The 28 million euros in construction costs will be borne equally by the federal government and the state. The property is provided by the city of Dessau-Roßlau. The builder-owner is the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.