It is part of the self-image of a museum of design to show presence in the city society with its historically grown collection. With the location of the new »Museum of Design« on the western site of the »Kraftwerk Mitte«, students from the Chair of Public Buildings at Dresden University of Technology transferred the »Dresden Museum of Decorative Arts« from its existing interim location in Pillnitz to the centre of the city as part of a design studio in the winter semester of 2020/21.
The different solutions of the students' works show a variety of possibilities for programmatically realigning the new »Museum of Design« and understanding it as a public forum for design issues of our time. The projects show different approaches of the configuration of new spatial connections, the arrangement of flexibly playable exhibition spaces and various places of communication and interaction. They enable the museum to enter into a fruitful dialogue with urban society.
At the same time, the works react with different strategies to the striking context of the historic industrial monument »Heizkraftwerk Mitte«, which has developed into a lively, inner-city cultural quarter in recent years with the settlement of important cultural institutions and the creative industries. Projects have been created that speak a contemporary architectural language and at the same time reflect the history of the site, in order to publicly discuss the design of the future in the new museum building.