003 Bauhaus Musem, Weimar

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How can we create a museum that fits in the urban context but at the same time stand out as a public building?

Weimar is characterized by continuous urban blocks that keep the block’s perimeter we choose
to emphasize the building’s public entity by doing exactly the opposite.

What was once a courtyard is now a building – The “buildings” become courtyards and the “courtyards” become the museum. The courtyards allow the public to look into the museum, to participate in the museal experience while being in the public domain. In this way the new Bauhaus museum connects to its urban scale and becomes a clear stance in its surroundings.

Bauhaus – a thinking strategy We would like to use similar strategies used by the Bauhaus movement without relating to it as mere style. We divide the program into spaces requiring concentration such as exhibition spaces, and public programs such as the cafe, the museum shop, foyer etc. Similar to the modernists use of free standing walls that definine spaces without enclosing it the museum public facilities are located in between the exhibition spaces, allowing the visitor to experience the city and the context once he or she moves through the museum from one exhibition space to another.


Weimar, Germany
5,000 m2 Museum
International Competition (Long-listed)
Tamara Jechnerer (co-author)
Date: January 05, 2013