Staab Architekten for Bauhaus

Staab Architekten won the competition to extend the Walter Gropius-designed site they were very aware that they couldn’t – and didn’t want – to do anything that would overshadow the existing structures, or, as practice founder Volker Staab puts it, ‘turn it into a secondary building’.

The architects’ answer to this specific constraint is a 6,700 sq m extension, due to complete in 2022, composed of a slender five-storey glazed tower that will house the museum’s public amenities and educational facilities, a low-slung pavilion containing a café and shop, and a series of underground museum galleries that will spill out onto a cloister-style walkway and inner courtyard.


Staab Architekten reveals design for Bauhaus archive building in Berlin
The upcoming extension to the Bauhaus archive building in Berlin is the work of German practice Staab Architekten.Image: Staab Architekten

The new extension is set to vastly improve the experience of visiting and working in the Gropius-designed archive and museum. Image: Staab Architekten

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