Bauhaus Building and Master Houses
Gropiusallee 38
D-6846 Dessau
Germany
 

Walter Gropius 1926

As Walter Gropius wrote in the Bauhaus manifesto in 1919, ‘The ultimate aim of the visual arts is the building! Their noblest function was once the decoration of buildings. Today they exist in isolation, from which they can be rescued only through the conscious, cooperative efforts of all craftsmen. Architects, painters and sculptors must recognise again the composite character of a building as an entity’.

The Bauhaus building in Dessau is itself a perfect example of this attidude. It brought together a number of the most outstanding contemporary architects and artists - including Kandinsky, Klee and Moholy-Nagy - and was not only an innovative training center but also a place of production and a focus of international debate.

The Bauhaus dissolved under pressure from the Nazis in 1933, however the main building, most master houses (except one destroyed during wartime bombing), a housing estate and a number of other buildings by the Bauhaus architects stand as a visible remain of that influential movement. The Bauhaus buildings - now carefully restored - are included on the UNESCO World Culture and Nature Heritage List, and the Bauhaus Foundation is active again as a public institution and open to the public.

Claudio Divizia 2005

 

 

How to visit

Dessau is about 130 km (80 miles) south-west of Berlin.

By train: Dessau main station, exit west, is only a short walk from the Bauhaus Building.

By car: Take A9 München-Berlin, exit Dessau-Süd or Dessau-Ost.

The Bauhaus Building is open daily 10 am to 6 pm. The Master Houses  are open Tue-Sun 10 am to 6 pm (summer) and 5 pm (winter). Guided tours are available.

Please check the official Bauhaus site www.bauhaus-dessau.de for further information about the building and contact details.

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