The City of Weimar has launched a competition to create a museum commemorating Germany’s first democracy
The anonymous, single-stage contest seeks proposals to transform a former coaching shed, currently home to a Bauhaus Museum which is relocating to a new competition-winning venue by Heike Hanada in 2018.
The project will transform the building on Theaterplatz into a museum and research centre for research into democratic systems. The historic single-storey building is directly opposite the German National Theatre where the country’s first elected parliament was held following Germany’s defeat in the First World War.
According to the brief, the building ‘is predestined for this purpose due to its location in a historically authentic location…
‘The building will be a place of research and project work on questions of democracy development and its failure, as well as a meeting place for political and historical educational offers.’
The Weimar National Assembly was established following the abdication of German Emperor Wilhelm II amid the aftermath of the First World War, acting as an interim parliament tasked with drafting a new constitution for the country. The assembly was disbanded in 1920 after which a new parliament, elected by proportional representation, was created in Berlin.
The Bauhaus Museum, which has occupied the building since 1995, holds around 250 works by prominent members of the Modernist school, including Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer.
Submissions to the contest will be judged on their design quality, originality and functionality, and a prize fund of around £26,000 will be shared between the winners.
The competition language is German and the deadline for applications is 3pm local time, 3 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
City of Weimar
Department of Building Economics
Tel: +49 364344100-0
Fax: +49 364344100-9