The foundation stone ceremony for the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau was held on the "Bauhaus Building 90th Anniversary" celebratory weekend on Sunday, 4 December 2016 – one year after the decision in an open, international architecture competition for the museum with architecture firm González Hinz Zabala of Spain as the winner from among more than 800 entries.
A black box for the historic collection and an open stage for contemporary discourse
In December 2015, the award decision was made for the design by young Spanish architects González Hinz Zabala of Barcelona. The competition jury has been convinced by their concept of the museum as a glass shell accommodating a "Black Box” for the Bauhaus Collection on the upper storey and an open-plan ground floor.
The Bauhaus Museum Dessau is scheduled for completion by the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus foundation in 2019. It will be built in order to publicly display the huge collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation whose 40,000 exhibits make it the second-largest Bauhaus Collection in the world. The builder-owner is Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, represented by its director Dr. Claudia Perren. Now, one year after the award decision, the preliminary and conceptual design have been completed and a building application filed with the city of Dessau-Roßlau.
Collection, custody and care – are the museum tasks performed on the top floor by the „Black Box“ that is soaring as a hermetic spatial structure within the glass envelope and is reserved for presenting the collection. Its counterpart is the transparent ground floor with a highly flexible spade concept very much like an „open stage“ which provides a variety of staging areas for present-day positions with the declared of reaching out into the surrounding park and the urban space.