Is there a (particular) “Bauhaus style”? While Gropius promoted flexible and cost-efficient building by means of prefabricated components, Meyer’s buildings focused entirely on meeting their residents’ needs. By contrast, Mies van der Rohe was mainly concerned with removing boundaries between the interior and the exterior. The results vary strongly. Just as the buildings of the three directors are very different from one another, the buildings of students and masters are not consistent in style.
Competition design for the Petersschule, Basel
Sommerfeld House, Berlin
Sommerfeld House in Berlin was built for the industrialist Adolf Sommerfeld during the early, expressionistic phase of the Bauhaus and is regarded as its first collective project. Almost all of the workshops of the Bauhaus Weimar were involved in making the interior fittings and fixtures.
Houses with Balcony Access, Dessau-Törten
The houses with balcony access were part of a larger plan for expansion of the Dessau-Törten housing estate and the first joint project of the Bauhaus architecture department under Hannes Meyer.
Masters’ Houses, Dessau
The reconstructed Gropius and Moholy-Nagy Master’s Houses in Dessau were re-opened three years ago. We take a brief look at the originals and their reconstructions.
ADGB Trade Union School, Bernau
The Federal School of the German Trade Union Federation in Bernau, designed by Hannes Meyer, Hans Wittwer and the building department at the Bauhaus in Dessau, is still regarded today as a paradigmatic example of functional architecture. All the interiors were designed by the Bauhaus workshops in Dessau.
Dessau-Törten Housing Estate
Built from 1926 to 1928, the Dessau-Törten Estate was designed to create affordable living space for the growing population. A key element for Gropius was the rationalisation of all construction processes under the primary consideration of reducing costs.
Bauhaus Building, Dessau
On 4 December 1926, more than 1,000 guests from Germany and abroad came to the central German industrial city of Dessau, joined by 100 representatives of Germany’s largest newspapers. There, the new Bauhaus building – a landmark of New Architecture and one of the 20th century’s most important buildings – was inaugurated with an opening ceremony over two days.