menomenopiu: new bauhaus museum weimar menomenopiu: new bauhaus museum weimar
mar 21, 2012

menomenopiu: new bauhaus museum weimar

menomenopiu: new bauhaus museum weimarall images courtesy of menomenopiu architects




on march 16, 2012, the classic siftung weimar announced the results of the international architectural competition for a new museum in weimar. 536 projects were submitted to the jury, menomenopiu architects received an honorable mention. the building is conceived as an open square at the crossing point of the three main city forces, old and new city and the park, a flexible “object” that allows different activities inside and around it. a covered plaza serves as a multifunctional space that may or may not interact with the upper exhibition floor. depending on opening hours, a multitask area is opened to the city in a natural relation with the park.

view of the interior cloister




the ‘clever cover’, as a key visual element designed to be flexible to accommodate contemporary technologies to fulfill the future needs of the building. a play with light and shadow occurs from the pattern of the roof evokes the drawings of josef albers. over 50% of the roof (1250m²) is covered by photovoltaic panels which provide up to 250kw/day, satisfying the 60% of the museum energy consumption. sliding shades manage the seasonal solar interior contributions, adjusting to the programmatic needs of the different volumes. the system “box in the box”, in synergy with the technological canopy, guarantees the best climatic control throughout the seasons.


‘I’m interested in the idea of overlapping images over several layers of transparent surfaces’ – moholy-nagy’s ‘light space modulator’

view of the first phase

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

“clever cover” roof plan

conceptual sketches

exterior elevations

environmental sections

museography concept

detailed section

project info:

design team: menomenopiu architects (alessandro balducci-gilberto bonelli-mario emanuele salini-rocco valantines) collaborators: francois zab-marco lavit nicora-marco conti sikic-david yahn-drahi-luca stortoni landscape: bassinet turquin paysage engineering: marc hammon- giulia fatarella

MenoMenoPiu ArchitectsFrancois ZabBassinet Turquin Paysage

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