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Archive of the Avant-Garde

Dresden, Germany 2018-2022

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Archive of the Avant-Garde

Dresden, Germany 2018-2022

The Blockhaus is one of the most significant buildings in the historic city center of Dresden, located on the banks of the Elbe River. Built in 1732, it underwent multiple transformations over time and mainly after the 2nd World War. The project, with an area of 2,000 m², responds to the desire to open the archive to visitors, specialists and the general public, in order to make accessible the valuable and heterogeneous Marzona legacy that includes works of art, objects, drawings, plans and furniture from the different artistic currents of the avant-garde of the 20th century: Futurism, Dadaism, Constructivism and Surrealism, through institutions such as the Werkbund, the Bauhaus, the HfG of Ulm or the Black Mountain College. The project arises from a dialogue between memory and the avant-garde, -represented by the building itself and its collection- which translates into the inclusion of the archive in a suspended cubic volume, freeing the entire ground floor as a flexible public space for meetings, exhibitions, seminars and lectures. The provocation implied by the institutional name is understood as the starting point in this project. A large volume of concrete floating inside the Blockhaus constitutes the centerpiece of the archive, a hidden treasure, like the inevitable presence of the past.
 
 
 
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Archive of the Avant-Garde

Dresden, Germany 2018-2022

Location
Dresden, Germany
Program
Archive and museum building
Client
Staatsbetrieb Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement - branch office Dresden I
User
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Architects
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos 
     Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano 
     Patricia Grande, Johannes Hanf
Project architect
Roman Bender, Anna-Lena Berger
Project team
Claudia Wulf, Clemens Ahlgrimm, Ina Specht, Kathi Weber, Kirstie Smeaton, Lorna Hughes, Lucia Andreu, Vissia Portioli
Project Management
tp management GmbH, Leipzig
Structural engineer
Wetzel & von Seht, Hamburg
MEP engineer 
Brendel Ingenieure Dresden GmbH, Dresden
Landscape architect 
Kretzschmar und Partner Freie Landschaftsarchitekten, Dresden
Fire safety consultant 
Prof. Rühle, Jentzsch und Partner GmbH, Dresden
Acoustic consultant 
Müller BBM GmbH, Dresden
Site supervision 
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos mit AWB Architekten, Dresden
Models
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos 
Visualization 
Drama
Project dates
Competition: 2018
Design: 2018 - 2020
Construction: 2019 – 2022
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Archive of the Avant-Garde

Dresden, Germany 2018-2022

Magazine REVISTA DE MUSEOLOGÍA nº 83. 2022
Published by Asociación Española de Museólogos. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1134-0576
Page: 96 – 97  
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Archive of the Avant-Garde

Dresden, Germany 2018-2022