The winning design, “Blurry Reconstruction,” by architectural firm Bruno Fioretti Marquez, transformed the former House Gropius into a new visitor’s center, which opened in 2014. The design is a pared-down variation on the architect’s original theme. The structures’ already minimal design is further reduced: Flatness is made even flatter, color is muted to grey, and detail is diminished to accentuate the overall effect of the building’s imposing mass. A literal shell of its former self, the structure is a blank canvas for the viewer to imbue with meaning, a symbol of the central tenets of Bauhaus thinking for viewers today.
Openness in design, whether literal space or the imaginative space left open to the beholder, is something that directly links the Bauhaus to our lives in the 21st century. Lucky for us, it only takes an Allen wrench to keep the Bauhaus alive.