A winner has been chosen in the competition for a new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar. After two intense phases including 536 projects in the first phase and 27 projects in the second, the project by architect Heike Hanada — in collaboration with Benedict Tonon — was the eventual victor. Heike Hanada is a professor at the Fachhochschule in Potsdam and previously won the competition for the addition to Asplund's Stockholm Library (unbuilt). The design for the Bauhaus Museum is a linear project with a single building constructed in the scenic Weimarhallenpark.
The museum building is at first glance seemingly unrelated to the surrounding landscape but it will characterize the southern edge of the centuries old Goethian park. The complex urban context is dominated by the historic Weimarhalle, built in 1937 by Max and Günther Vogeler. The winning competition overlooks the park and opaque strips of frosted glass in a rhythmic composition are placed horizontally on metal brackets, marking the building's four façades. They are layered with a geometric grid of thin black lines. The effect is enhanced by interior lighting via LED strips with no natural light.
The designers' collaboration with Transsolar, the Stuttgart engineering company specializing in complex energy conservation systems, resulted in an exceptionally energy-efficient project, obtaining acceptance by the VOF method. For the General Director of the Museums of the City of Weimar, Professor Wolfgang Holler, the new Bauhaus-Museum represents an unprecedented opportunity to create a building that can guarantee "ideal conditions for bringing together Weimar's various Bauhaus collections" allowing visitors "maximum enjoyment, while introducing as much flexibility as possible."