This project, developed in partnership with the office Hiperstudio, was developed for an international architectural competition for the construction of Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. The new Bauhaus Museum Dessau has the responsibility of establishing a bridge between the historical significance of what the Bauhaus school represented for the birth of modern art, architecture and design, and the increasing role that contemporary museums present today, as places of cultural reflection and diffusion.
The Bauhaus Museum cannot be seen simply as a repository of the production of the school in a defined period of time. It must resonate the school’s contemporary spirit to the greater public; its exhibition spaces should serve as a medium through which such ideas are explained, diffused and discussed. The architectural concept of the museum must embody this position, establishing a dialogue with the original values of the Bauhaus school – the building seen as a total art form, stripped of unnecessary ornamentation; its aesthetics being a reflection of its function, as well as a result of the industrial processes of construction. In the other hand, it must also be a contemporary project, an original architectural proposal that reflects our own time and condition through a critical stance. In accordance to the Bauhaus principles, the design of the museum is based upon a simple, yet sophisticated composition of modular volumes that demonstrate a direct relation to their internal function as exhibition spaces. Their disposition, arranged along a common axis, resembles the logic of industrial production, representing pure architectural forms, devoid of any unnecessary elements.
Location: Dessau | Germany
Client: Bauhaus Foundation Dessau
Built area: 3.500m²
Site area: 8.300m²
Authors: ARKIZ - Alexandre Hepner, João Paulo Payar, Rafael Brych | Hiperstudio - Matheus Alves, Ricardo Gonçalves