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From the outset, this architectural icon was a heartfelt affair. As the young Bauhaus master Georg Muche designed the Haus Am Horn, he dreamed of the perfect inhabitants. In his mind, it was ideal for himself and his wife, Elsa Franke – who was also a Bauhaus student. But the experimental house that was built for the first Bauhaus exhibition in Weimar was not a home for a young couple; it was a residential laboratory: a 144-square-metre test field for visions of modern living and construction. How did it look? First and foremost: rectangular, practical, good. The Haus Am Horn is an ode to the square. Muche had turned the centrally positioned, square living room into the family’s temple, around which all the other rooms are arranged.
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The construction phase lasted just four months. Then, masters and students from all the workshops fitted out the Gesamtkunstwerk Haus Am Horn: integral cabinetry, a built-in kitchen, central heating, furniture and carpets – the housewife in particular was meant to benefit from the functional furnishings.
In 2018, the City of Weimar transferred ownership of the house to the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. It restored the colour scheme of the interior spaces and pieces of furniture that had been preserved: Marcel Breuer’s dressing table and living room cabinet as well as Alma Siedhoff-Buscher’s toy storage cabinet. “Outline furniture” conveys additional impressions of the former basic furnishings.
For conservatorial reasons, the number of visitors permitted inside the Haus Am Horn is limited. Visits are possible only during regular opening hours. We therefore recommend booking tickets in advance.
Haus Am Horn
Am Horn 61
General opening hours
Winter Wed - Mon 10.00 - 16.00
Summer Wed - Mon 10.00 - 18.00
[TF 2019, Translation: DK]
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