The bauhausTWINS installation reuses characteristic elements from the façade of the famous Bauhaus art school building in Dessau, transforming them into a monumental spatial assemblage. The architecture of the original building was designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. The installation, designed by the office zukunftsgeraeusche, is composed of architectural fragments from the reconstructions of the Bauhaus in 1976.
The installation serves as a stage for discussion and educational events. At the same time, bauhausTWINS becomes the central point of the festival re:bauhaus, which is organized in the 100th anniversary year of Bauhaus.
“The project is shown as a room-in-room installation at PLATO, a former Bauhaus hardware store temporary used by the gallery, after its successful preview at the Baukultur Convention in Potsdam in 2018. On this extraordinary site, which plays ironically and contemporary with the heritage of the Bauhaus, bauhausTWINS embodies a haptic medium that relates the historical origin, the change over time and the today’s interaction.
bauhausTWINS is a walk-in installation with reused façade elements from the Atelierhaus façade of the Bauhaus Dessau, which originated from its great post-war renovation in 1976. The window and door elements were dismantled on the occasion of a further renovation and reconstruction of the Atelierhaus façade in 2011 and assigned to zukunftsgeraeusche by the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
The construction is open to all sides and creates a different spatial impression and access from every direction: from the scale of the studio rooms of the Atelierhaus to an open, dissolving structure that opens up an extended context. bauhausTWINS addresses today's perception in dealing with the heritage of modernism, sustainable development and rebuilding and reassembling our cities and buildings.
The title bauhausTWINS plays with the English term twinning. Which is not only associated for the process of reuse in a new context. It emphasises the special phenomenon of the simultaneous existence of two versions of the façade elements: the reconstructions of 1976 and of 2011. But it also means partnership and appropriately stands for the coupling in steel constructions.”
Robert K. Huber
zukunftsgeraeusche GbR (zkg), founded in 2005 and based in Berlin and Munich, is an office and interdisciplinary research platform for projects in architecture, urban and societal development, engineering, education for sustainable development and Baukultur. In 2019 zkg establishes the bauhaus reuse in the middle of the roundabout at the Berlin Ernst-Reuter-Platz, as a new public center and urban lab for education, research and performance. zkg is since 2009 cooperating with the Technical University of Berlin as its scientific and educational partner. The current partners of zkg are Robert K. Huber and Peter Winter.