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Berlin opens Bauhaus Archive expansion contest

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The Senate of Berlin has launched a second international competition to overhaul the Bauhaus Archive and Museum of Design

The announcement comes six years after earlier designs by SANAA – chosen in a 2005 competition – were abandoned.

The latest competition seeks proposals to restore and extend the Walter Gropius-designed complex which has seen visitor numbers double in the last ten years.

Caruso St. John, Sauerbruch Hutton and Kengo Kuma & Associates are among 15 international practices who have already been invited to compete for the £24 million scheme.

First opened in 1979, the iconic 3,900m²structure hosts both the Bauhaus Archive and the city’s Museum of Design but is now too small for both functions.

The latest project will restore the listed building – which will become a new dedicated Bauhaus Archive – and create a new 6,700m² extension overlooking the nearby Landwehr Canal to house the Museum of Design.

The competition language is German and the winning team will receive around £40,000.

The winner of a separate contest for a new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau – launched earlier this year – is meanwhile expected to be announced in September.

The deadline for requests to participate is 4pm local time on 11 June.

The Bauhaus movement. Image by ARAM

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The Bauhaus movement. Image by ARAM




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