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Second Bauhaus Museum contest launches

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An international competition for a new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau has been launched – three years after a previous competition for a separate museum in Weimar concluded

The Foundation Bauhaus Dessau launched the two-stage competition on 2 March and participants have until 13 April to submit designs.

The Dessau City Park project is planned to complete in time for the anniversary of Bauhaus’s foundation in 2019.

The competition comes three years after Landau-based Johann Bierkandt and Architekten HKR of Cologne were named joint second place winners in the race for a Bauhaus Museum in Weimar.

Zaha Hadid Architects was the only UK firm shortlisted for the 3,716 m² building which is now currently under construction.

The prestigious Bauhaus school was located in three German cities – Weimar from 1919 to 1925, Dessau from 1925 to 1932 and Berlin from 1932 to 1933.

A third design competition for a Bauhaus Museum in Berlin is expected to be launched next year.

According to the latest competition brief: ‘The planned Bauhaus Museum Dessau will for the first time provide the opportunity to present to the public for the long term the outstanding collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation under the best possible conservation conditions.

‘The awarding authority expects a design proposal as a result of the competition procedure which implements the desired qualities and quantities in a functional overall concept within the specified cost and time frames and positioning the Bauhaus convincingly in a contemporary manner.’

The new building will be constructed inside Dessau’s City Park and will be expected to respect the historic district’s ‘existing qualities and uses’.

The brief continued: ‘The museum and City Park should strengthen and complement each other and enrich the location as a cultural centre.’

The competition’s second stage will conclude on 31 July and the winners are expected to be announced on 3 September.

The deadline for applications is 13 April.









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  • Can the new museum really 'strengthen and complement' what appears to be quite a small City Park?

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