Envisioned as an innovative and experimental space, the new 2021 Bauhaus Campus has been designed with the ideas of flexibility and multifunctionality in mind… And just like the Bauhaus avant-gardists before us, we decided to challenge the architectural norms by suggesting —for a school with no hierarchy or conventional teaching system— an ever changing campus.
The users are in control; they understand and help build their environment. Taking Louis H. Sullivan’s saying “Form follows function” to another level, the classes can be modeled into any form or shape needed thanks to the movable and rotating panels, attached to the low ceiling’s square grid, and serving as both walls and openings. Similarly, the workshops can slide on ground set rails, a reminder of the bordering train tracks, and cover a wide area going from the classes’ pavilion to the site’s outskirts, passing through the exhibition space and serving —whenever needed— as its extension, the goal being to blur the lines between creation and exhibition and merge the scene with its backstage.
A sizable plot has also been dedicated to architectural design, an open air workshop in the form of a downscaled construction site, where members can freely explore their ideas and experiment with new materials and building techniques, as did people of all other artistic disciplines and industrial fields of the Bauhaus school.
Most of the outdoor space was made into a public park, to allow Dessau’s residents and visitors alike to enjoy the enticing promenade and —why not— invite them to join any educational activity which might be taking place on campus.