In Dialogue with Gropius

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

A new Bauhaus Museum is also being built in Berlin. Increasing numbers of visitors and a steadily growing collection had caused the structure with its characteristic shed roofs designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and completed in 1979 to reach its limits. An extension building with a total usable area of around 6,200 square metres is now being constructed. The design by Berlin architect Volker Staab came out on top in an international competition involving 41 selected participants.

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is closed for refurbishment. It is estimated that the extension building will be completed by 2022.

the temporary bauhaus-archiv
/ museum für gestaltung

Knesebeckstraße 1-2,
10623 Berlin
Mon–Sat, 10 am–6 pm

the temporary bauhaus-archiv
/ museum für gestaltung

Up-to-date information about the new building



The new building will set an architectural example, entering into dialogue with Walter Gropius' striking structure. In the cityscape, the extension building is characterised by a filigree, five-storey glass tower and a low block housing the café and shop. All the exhibition areas, which will cover around 2,300 square metres, are located below a plateau that has been conceived as a new open space and connects to the existing structure via a large inner courtyard. As from 2022, the treasures of the world's largest Bauhaus collection will be presented here in permanent and temporary exhibitions. After its restoration in line with conservation practice, the existing building will house the research archive, library, collection depots and event areas. The construction costs of 56 million euros will be borne equally by the Federal Government and the State of Berlin.

Together with eight partner schools, the two Berlin Bauhaus agents Anja Edelmann and Friederike Holländer are developing educational formats and media for the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, which will then be available to all visitors.

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