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Odunpazari Modern Museum by Kengo Kuma & Associates

This week, museums in Turkey and Germany welcomed their first visitors

This week on Dezeen, Kengo Kuma's Odunpazari Modern Museum in Turkey and the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau by Addenda Architects opened their doors to the public.

Located in Odunpazari – meaning firewood market in Turkish – the town's history as a timber trading hub was the starting point for the design by Kengo Kuma & Associates.

The stacked timber-clad boxes were designed to house small, more intimate spaces for artwork and open gallery-spaces for events.

Bauhaus Museum Dessau by Addenda Architects
Bauhaus Museum Dessau opens its doors

To celebrate the centenary of the Bauhaus, Barcelona-based Addenda Architects designed a simple glass box museum in the city where the school was based between 1925 and 1932.

The Bauhaus Museum Dessau exhibits delicate items inside a "floating" 100-metre black tube that sits above the main floor, and is designed to block out sunlight that might damage the objects on display.

Nassim Mansion by studio 0932 Design Consultants
Interior shortlisted for Dezeen Awards disqualified after commenter spots "subtle cues" that images are fake

In design news, MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito resigned from his position, after the institution reportedly received around $800,000 in donations from convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein over a period of 20 years.

Meanwhile, an interiors project was disqualified from the Dezeen Awards after a commenter discovered "subtle cues" that showed the images were renders. Tell-tale signs included a curtain billowing identically from different angles and repeating wood grains.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Apple unveils iPhone 11 Pro with "triple-camera system"

Volkswagen rebranded its logo at the same time as it released a fully-electric line of cars. The ID.3 model will be the first to feature the "flat" VW letters, which replaces the previous three-dimensional chrome version.

In another launch this week, Apple introduced the iPhone 11 Pro fitted with three cameras during its annual conference. Users will be able to shoot ultra-wide-angle photographs on the phone, which will be available in four colours.

For Forest by Klaus Littmann
Klaus Littmann plants forest in Austrian football stadium

This week's architecture news drew attention to climate change. With a capacity of 12,656 bicycles over three storeys, the world's largest bike park in Utrecht includes easily accessible routes that lead to the street, aiming to ease traffic congestion in the city.

Meanwhile in Austria, 300 trees were planted in Wörthersee Stadion by art curator Klaus Littmann. Called For Forest, the installation is a "memorial" to the environment in the anthropocene era.

Dulux Colour of the Year 2020: Tranquil Dawn
Tranquil Dawn named Colour of the Year for 2020

Sticking with the green theme, paint suppliers Dulux named Tranquil Dawn the colour sweeping the design world in 2020, describing the shade as an antidote to our "disconnected society".

The brand recognises the increasing involvement of technology and artificial intelligence in our lives, and hopes to help encourage more human connections through the cool-green tone.

Dezeen Day tickets available now graphic
Dezeen Day tickets available now graphic

Designing for our future cities is one of five main topics at our inaugural Dezeen Day conference, which is offering a limited number of discounted student tickets.

Leading industry figures including Benjamin Hubert of Layer and architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham join Paola Antonelli and Patrik Schumacher in the lineup of speakers.

M House by Takeru Shoji Architects
Takeru Shoji Architects designs Japanese home with "live-in foundations"

Other projects popular with our readers included the dramatically different interior and exterior spaces of M House, our roundup of eight Brooklyn townhouses and a stain-resistant concrete bathroom furniture collection from the Dezeen Awards 2019 shortlist.