Dessau: Bauhaus

We saw a great Marcel Breuer exhibtion, and took the tour of the MasterHouses, but the most exciting part of this visit was our stay in the original Bauhaus student accomodations:

"Spend the night like the Bauhaus students – since their general renovation and refurbishment, the studio flats have been let to visitors to the Bauhaus: 15 single and five double rooms at our visitor’s disposition."

Our room was amazingly spacious, and we had a balcony, just like those in the pictures. The brochure we were given described how students would take their latest records (probably 78 rmp?) on to the balcony and play them at maxiumum volume, thus initiating a party. We were tempted, but were not sure that 21st C. security would be as understanding as the Bauhaus faculty.

"The building is the ultimate goal of all fine art,” the Bauhaus manifesto proclaimed back in 1919. Architecture training at the Bauhaus in Weimar was initially the prerogative of Walter Gropius private architectural practice and for a short time courses were run by his partner Adolf Meyer and in association with the "Baugewerkschule" (building trades school) in Weimar. The Bauhaus workshops were involved in these efforts through Gropius’s office. This collaboration produced the Haus Am Horn and other buildings in 1923. Plans for a Bauhaus estate remained unimplemented. Some new methods based on specific types and standardisation were employed not only to produce new architecture but to anticipate a new lifestyle through this architecture."