The Bauhaus art school revolutionised artistic and architectural thinking and work in the 20th century. Today, the original buildings in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau, along with museums and exhibitions, provide an insight into this formative building block of the modern age.
Almost exactly 70 years after the inauguration of the Gropius building in Dessau, the Bauhaus sites in Dessau and Weimar became UNESCO World Heritage Sites in December 1996. The buildings designed by professors including Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Wassily Kandinsky defined the Bauhaus style, which had a decisive influence on the architecture of the 20th century. In July 2017, the World Heritage Site was expanded to include the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau near Berlin, and the five Houses with Balcony Access in Dessau-Roßlau.
The Bauhaus in Weimar began its work in 1919. Many impressive buildings were constructed in the ensuing years, including the main building of the Bauhaus University and the school of applied arts on Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse. In Dessau, the art school became a magnet for the avantgarde of the time. The building was designed by Walter Gropius and opened in 1926. The idea of modernity in architecture and design began its triumphant march in Dessau in buildings such as the "Masters' Houses" or the Dessau–Törten estate featuring houses with balcony access, which are a prime example of the development in the construction of social housing.
Construction of the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau was overseen by Hans Wittwer and Hannes Meyer, who held the position of director of the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1928 to 1930. The Trade Union School remains a preeminent example of separate, individual structures integrated cohesively into the surrounding natural landscape. The historical Bauhaus canteen in Dessau features stools designed by Marcel Breuer, where students can still sit and eat while passionately philosophising about modernity.
Bauhaus building open daily: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Masters' Houses open daily: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (April – October)
and from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (November – March)
The Houses with Balcony Access are not open to the public. A show apartment in its original state can be seen on the guided architectural tour of the Dessau-Törten housing estate.
See times at www.bauhaus-dessau.de
April to October: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 1:30 p.m. from Bauhaus Museum or at 2:00 p.m. from Bauhaus.Atelier
November to March: Friday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from Bauhaus Museum or at 2:00 p.m. from Bauhaus.Atelier
Bauhaus Museum opening hours:
26 March - 28 October: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
29 October. - 7 January: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Guided tours: Monday and Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Bauhaus.Atelier | Info Shop Café, visitor centre at Bauhaus University in Weimar:
April to November: Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
December to March: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau is not open to the public. The interior of the building can be accessed only on guided tours.
See times at: www.bauhaus-denkmal-bernau.en
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