art museum extended

18.01.2018 -

Students of the “International Architecture Graduate School” at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau, studied the Kunstmuseum Magdeburg and its possible expansion under the guidance of their lecturer Prof. Ralf Niebergall.

The students, who are all in graduate studies and who came to Dessau from very different countries of origin, had the opportunity here - in line with the Bauhaus concept - to find their own way and to face an intensive and critical discussion. Some talented students in the undergraduate bachelor's degree in architecture took on the task and so thirteen drafts were created that show such an intensive examination of the topic that they should not be withheld from the public.

Loo Man Lok, Malaysia

Obayanju Oluwapelumi, Nigeria
visualisation Hochschule Anhalt

Architecture as a social, cultural and economic aspect, museum architecture as a medium for representing a city, the cultural memory of a region or simply as a place for strolling and cultural diversion - museums and their architectures are more suitable than almost any other contemporary cultural institution to unite modern leisure and cultural education of all generations.
The Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015, is one of the younger museum institutions in Germany. However, the available space and the prevailing possibilities have long since ceased to meet the demands of a modern art museum in a state capital.

The graduates of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences represented here come from Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, India, Bulgaria, Indonesia, El Salvador, Brazil, Germany, Syria and Iraq. With their designs and considerations, they have created a spectrum of internationality that is unique in this form because it is linked to very different architectural starting points. Some things seem strange, others seem familiar and some things can be implemented immediately. The future alone will show whether architecture, whether in Magdeburg, Dessau or anywhere else in the world, will know how to captivate people - just as the idea of the Bauhaus did in the past.
Many thanks to Prof. Ralf Niebergall and his students for the wonderful collaboration.