Bauhaus Museum Dessau

Submission: April 13, 2015
Registration: April 13, 2015
Language: English, German
Location: Dessau, Germany
Prizes1st Prize €37,000, 2nd Prize €25,000, 3rd Prize €17,000


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

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 EUR 25,000,000 gross. The upper limit of the share for cost groups 300, 400 and 500 has been set at 15.5 million EUR gross.

As part of the procedure, prizes totalling 113,000 € 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 €, the second-placed winner receives 25,000€, the third-placed winner receives 17,000 € and the fourth-placed winner receives 11,000 €, plus value-added tax in each case. In addition, a further 23,000 € 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


Date: March 4, 2015