The winner of the closed competition for the ‘Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin’, announced in June 2015 by the Senate Administration for Urban Development and the Environment, has been decided following a two-day meeting of the jury on 21 and 22 October 2015. The jury has awarded the first prize to the design submitted by Berlin architect Volker Staab and has recommended that the design should be implemented.
A total of 50 architectural offices were invited to take part in the competition. Fifteen of the participants were set, and a further 35 were drawn by lots in a prior EU-wide competition procedure. Forty-one offices submitted designs.
The prize is worth € 190,000 (First Prize: 47.500 Euro, Second Prize: 38.000 Euro, Third Prize: 28.500 Euro, Forth Prize: 22.500 Euro, Fifth Prize: 15.500 Euro, 4 Worthy of Mention each 9.500 Euro).
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 functional adjustments will be planned with full consideration for the building’s high architectural value.
The Federal Government and the state of Berlin are each contributing up to € 28.1 million to the project, with each of these contributions representing half of the total cost of the renovation and extension project amounting to € 56.2 million. A total of € 21.5 million will be used for renovation of the existing listed building by Walter Gropius, and € 34.7 million will be used for the extension building. It is intended that work will be completed in 2021.
Expert adjudicators:: Jo Coenen, Hilde Léon, Wolfgang Lorch, Elke Delugan-Meissl, Pat Tanner, Johannes Löbbert, Petra Vondenhof-Anderhalten, stellvertretend: Brigitte Häntsch
Procedural adjudicators: Regula Lüscher, Tim Renner, Dr. Sigrid Bias-Engels, Günther Hoffmann, Dr. Annemarie Jaeggi, Dr. Niklas Maak, deputies: Hermann-Josef Pohlmann, Dr. Konrad Schmidt-Werthern, Rosa Schmitt-Neubauer, Horst Grothues, Dr. Markus Klimmer, Chris Dercon, Dr. Kerstin Wittmann-Englert