29 July 2020 was a double historic day at the Bauhaus Campus Bernau. Exactly 92 years to the day after the foundation stone was laid for the former Trade Union School, the foundation stone for its Visitors' Centre was also laid. Since 2017 the building ensemble designed by the Swiss architects Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer with the Bauhaus in Dessau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At that time, Bernaus' mayor André Stahl knew: "The World Heritage status will certainly contribute to making this treasure known to a broad public at the gates of the capital". He was right in this assumption, because since then more and more visitors find their way to the tranquil district of Waldfrieden to take a look at this magnificent building.
Since the building is a "living monument" and is used by the Berlin Chamber of Crafts as a boarding school for apprentices for the nearby BIZWA (Waldfrieden Education and Innovation Centre), a visitor centre is now being built opposite. At the same time, it closes the gap between the Bauhaus World Heritage Site, the extension buildings (which now house the Oberstufenzentrum I Barnim) and barnim-gymnasium after the demolition of the old cafeteria. This merger is almost symbolic for the planned programme of the visitor centre, as the main focus is to bring together residents and campus residents with visitors from all over the world. Designed by Steimle Architects from Stuttgart, the Visitor Centre – a pavilion structure made of concrete, glass and steel – will fit effortlessly into the Bauhaus Campus Bernau thanks to its generous transparency. Even from the outside, visitors will be able to gain an insight into the exhibition and thus be invited to come in.
Meanwhile, the formwork made of individual narrow planks is already in place. Poured into concrete, each individual board will make an impression and immortalise itself in the wall and ceiling elements. The dimensions of the visitor centre are already clearly visible and the goal of opening the visitor centre in summer 2021 is getting closer and closer. The visitor centre is being built and financed by the city of Bernau near Berlin, supported by the federal programme "National Urban Development Projects". The centre will be operated by BeSt Bernauer Stadtmarketing GmbH.