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The Bauhaus Museum in Tiergarten is being renovated and extended

The Bauhaus Archive and Museum of Design is currently being renovated in accordance with the preservation order and extended by a new museum building. While the existing building is intended for the archive in the future, the extension will serve as museum space.

The Berlin Bauhaus Archive collects works, documents and literature related to the history of the Bauhaus and makes them accessible to the public. The collection is the most extensive of the Bauhaus school in the world.


The works gathered here document the history of the Bauhaus and show the results of its work in art, teaching, architecture and design. The collection includes teaching results, workshop works, architectural plans and models, photographs, documents, and a library.

The house, which opened in 1979, has long been too small due to the growth of the collection and the increasing number of visitors over the years, and no longer meets the increased demands on a museum with an archival function. The federal government and the state of Berlin have agreed to each contribute 50% of the costs for the conversion.


The 1,900-square-meter existing building is currently being supplemented by an extension that will make an additional 4,200 square meters of usable space available. In the future, around 2,000 square meters will thus be available as exhibition space (previously it was 700 square meters).

The decision on the design of the future archive and museum was already made in 2015. The restricted competition launched by the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment in June 2015 was decided in October of the same year. The jury decided in favor of the design by Berlin architect Volker Staab and recommended that it be realized according to his architectural concept.


The existing building, still designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, is to be supplemented by a new building with a handful of styles as part of the conversion.

At the center of the expansion will be a five-story, filigree tower that stands in the middle of a platform enclosed by a one-story bar. All exhibition areas are to be arranged on one level below the open space, which will be completely redesigned as a plateau with an incised courtyard.


The original construction costs were estimated at around 65 million euros, and the project was to be completed by 2022. This cost and schedule will probably not be met, because some work on the shell for the museum had to be put out to tender again, as the Senate Department for Urban Development announced in September 2020.

The reason for this was a possible conflict of interest of the construction companies involved in the original tender. Thus, the work had to be suspended in the meantime. A new completion date has not yet been communicated.


© Graphics / Photos: Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum for Design

Groundbreaking ceremony for the project in June 2019

The existing building was opened in 1979, built according to plans by Walter Gropius

Currently a construction site: the Bauhaus Archive and Museum of Design is being renovated and extended

According to plans by architect Volker Staab, the existing building is given a visually striking extension

The newly added area will mainly be used for exhibitions.

Overview: This is what the entire area will look like after its completion.

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