‘After many years of effort we have finally reached our goal: on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the Bauhaus-Archiv will be receiving the extension it needs. With Volker Staab, we will be gaining one of the most experienced architects in the field of museum building. His intelligent design will offer us a wealth of opportunities, both in museum terms and also in terms of communicative options, to extend our work into the urban space and into society. The whole Bauhaus-Archiv team is looking forward to working with him in the future.’ said Annemarie Jaeggi, director of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin.
The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin holds the world’s most extensive collection of materials on the history of the Bauhaus. The current building, designed by Walter Gropius and opened in 1979, has now become too small and is no longer able to do justice to today’s increased demands on a museum that also serves as an archive. Visitor numbers have doubled during the last 10 years and reached 115,000 in 2014.
In the future, the functions of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin will be spread across two buildings. The existing building is intended to house the archive, while the extension building, with a gross floor area of around 6700 square meters, will be used for the Museum für Gestaltung.
The existing listed building is to be carefully renovated while preserving its architectural quality, its striking appearance and its historic substance, and it will be made more energy-efficient. The func- tional adjustments will be planned with full consideration for the building’s high architectural value.
The jury said about the winning design that a "delicate, almost frail five-storey glass tower in the centre of a platform and a one-storey block along Von-der-Heydt-Strasse are the only perceptible elements of the extension of the Bauhaus- Archiv. All of the exhibition areas will be arranged at a level below the completely newly designed open areas, arranged as a plateau with an inset courtyard. The ‘promenade architecturale’, which starts at the bridge ramp, will keep its effect as a free- standing compositional element within the extended ensemble and will also enter into dialogue with the new entrance tower. (...) The declared goal of the design – to enhance the existing buildings and at the same time create a perceptible, symbolic entrance to the lowered exhibition areas – is successfully achieved through this clear and well-conceived intervention. (...) The aim of creating a unique new ensemble for the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin that can be experi- enced and used as a complete and coherent figure is convincingly implemented in this design."