Bauhaus Foundation Library, Germany

Academic libraries / Completed 2012

Architectural heritage on display

Bauhaus is an icon for 20th century architecture and art; a pioneer for the New Objectivity style and famous for household names such as Walter Gropius (founder), Paul Klee and Mies van der Rohe. The building for “Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau” (the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation) in Dessau is one of the finest examples of the movement’s aesthetics.


The library of the ”Stiftung Bauhaus” serves as a public research and information library for the history of the Bauhaus as well as for common project work. After 20 years in an interim arrangement, the new library provides a permanent solution. The collection is one of the greatest of its kind in Europe. 


Since the rooms are classified as historical monuments, the design required flexible and custom-made shelving solutions for storage and display of the collections.