Open international competition in two phases Bauhaus Museum Dessau

In occasion of the 100th Bauhaus anniversary, the Foundation Bauhaus Dessau is intending the construction of a Bauhaus Museum in Dessau.

Bauhaus Museum Dessau

Architecture prizewinner announced

Dessau-Roßlau, 4th September 2015

Late yesterday evening, the jury in the design competition for the construction of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau awarded two first prizes. The prizewinners, selected by a majority decision with one dissenting voice, come from New York and Barcelona with the third and fourth prizes going to Zürich and Toronto.

Two first prizes awarded!

It was a long day of intense discussion covering all aspects of the project to build the Bauhaus Museum Dessau. In the end, the jury, voting by a majority with one dissenting voice, elected to give first place to two designs. A further surprise came shortly before 10 p.m. when anonymity was lifted and it was revealed that the firms selected came from all over the world.

The prizewinners are as follows:

Equal first places:

  • Architects: Gonzalez Hinz Zabala (Roberto González Peñalver, José Zabala Rojí, Anne Katharina Hinz), Barcelona/Spain
    Landscape architect: Roser Vives de Delás, Barcelona/Spain
  • Architects: Young & Ayata (Michael Young, Kutan Ayata), New York/USA
    Landscape architect: Misako Murata, New York/USA

Third place:

  • Architects: Berrel Berrel Kräutler AG (Maurice Berrel), Zurich/Switzerland
    Landscape architect: ASP Landschaftsarchitekten AG (Florian Seibold), Zürich, Switzerland

Fourth place:

  • Architects: Ja Architecture Studio (Nima Javidi), Toronto/Canada
    Landscape architects: JA Architecture Studio (Behnaz Assadi), Toronto/Canada

Awards were also given to the following firms:

  • Architects: Raummanufaktur (Edin Saronjic, Alexander Scholtysek), Darmstadt/Germany
    Landscape architects: Franz Reschke Landschaftsarchitektur, Berlin/Germany
  • Architects: Nussmüller Architekten ZT GmbH (Inge and Stefan Nussmüller), Graz/Austria
    Landscape architect: Robert Kutscha, Graz/Austria
  • Architects: Steiner, Weißenberger Architekten (David Steiner, Karl Weißenberger), Berlin/Germany
    Landscape architect: Jens Henningsen, Berlin/Germany

The competition has shown that a transition phase has started. “The typology of the museum architecture cannot be defined clearly. The vertical is over – a new theme is flexibility. However, the new development has no clear direction. The two first prizewinners are very diverse. It will be a chance to start the discussion in the international public and with experts. To be the beginning of the New, Dessau and the Bauhaus are ideal places. This is exciting.”, said Chris Dercon, Director of the Tate Modern in London and one of the material prize jurors.

Claudia Perren, Director and CEO of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and building contractor, feels confirmed about the decision for an open competition. “We consciously decided for an open, anonymous announcement, to offer young offices and international architects a real chance. They have used their chance. The first prizewinners form New York and Barcelona and the other prizes are all international ones. This is a first-class competition.”

For Stephan Dorgerloh, Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, two first prizewinners are competing, but it will also be a chance: “The jury has awarded two first prizes after an exciting process. With those two drafts, we can set new standards of interpreting the Modern in the 21st century in Saxony-Anhalt. It is an important day for the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Thus we are on the way to the Bauhaus jubilee and have moved a big step forward.”

“It is a very important day for Dessau-Roßlau.” For Peter Kuras, the mayor of the city of Dessau-Roßlau, the attention for the competition itself is of very high value. “It is good to see the potential of Dessau within such a round of an international jury. Two first prizewinners will start an international debate, which we will follow with large interest.”

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 planned site for the Bauhaus Museum Dessau is located in the City Park directly in the city centre of Dessau. As co-promoter of the competition, the City of Dessau-Roßlau, is searching for plots, that integrate the Museum building within the landscape architectural situation of the City Park, while respecting the existing qualities and uses.

The spatial program of the new Bauhaus Museum covers a total of 3,500 m2 whereby the exhibition area covers 2,100 m2. The museum and City Park should strengthen and complement each other and enrich the location as a cultural centre.

Competition Site
The competition site covers the „competiton site museum“ with an area of 8,300 m2 and the „competition site car park“ with an area of 2.650 m2.

The budget for the overall measure of the new construction of the museum – types of cost 100 to 700 according to german DIN 276, and therefore including equipment costs – is a max. of around 25,000,000 Euro gross. The upper limit of the share for cost groups 300, 400 and 500 has been set at 15.5 million Euro gross.

As part of the procedure, prizes totalling 113,000 Euro plus value added tax will be awarded. The winners will be selected from among the participants in the second phase. The winner receives 37,000 Euro, the second-placed winner receives 25,000 Euro, the third-placed winner receives 17,000 Euro and the fourth-placed winner receives 11,000 Euro, plus value-added tax in each case. In addition, a further 23,000 Euro is available for honourable mentions.


  • Guido Hager, Landscape architect, Zurich
  • Barbara Holzer, Architect, Zurich/Berlin
  • Regine Leibinger, Architect, Berlin
  • Wolfgang Lorch, Architect, Darmstadt
  • Jürgen Mayer H, Architect, Berlin
  • Ralf Niebergall, Architect, Magdeburg
  • Matthias Vollmer, Architect, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
  • Frank Assmann, Head of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation Construction Department
  • Sigrid Bias-Engels, Group leader with the State Minister for Culture and Media Affairs
  • Stephan Dorgerloh, Minister of Culture & Education, State of Sachsen-Anhalt
  • Peter Kuras, Lord Mayor of Dessau-Rosslau
  • Claudia Perren, Director of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
  • Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern, London

Alternate Jurors

  • Gesche Grabenhorst, Architect, Hannover
  • Jost Haberland, Architect, Berlin
  • Anne Liebner, Architect, Ministry of Finance, State of Sachsen-Anhalt
  • Felix Waechter, Architect, Darmstadt
  • Tobias Micke, Landscape architect, Berlin
  • Regina Bittner, Deputy Director and Head of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation Academie
  • Florian Bolenius, Deputy Director and Administrative Head of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
  • Joachim Hantusch, Deputy Mayor for Economics and Urban Development, Dessau-Rosslau
  • Jan Hofmann, State Secretary, Ministry of Education, State of Sachsen-Anhalt
  • Andres Lepik, Director, TU Munich Architecture Museum
  • Rosa Schmitt-Neubauer, Head of Cultural Institutions in East Germany Department with the State Minister for Culture and Media Affairs

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