Dessau – Bauhaus Cycling Tour

The “Bauhaus,” was an art school founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919. In terms of type and concept, it was something completely new at the time, as the Bauhaus represented a merging of art and craft. In 1925 the school moved to Dessau – from 1926 in the Bauhaus Dessau building. In 1932 the Bauhaus had to move to Berlin; It was closed in 1933. The historic Bauhaus is today the most influential educational institution in the field of architecture, art and design in the 20th century.

The Bauhaus Cycling Tour brings you to all the important Bauhaus buildings in Dessau. The northernmost point of the tour is the granary (Kornspeicher). When you reach the bank of the river Mulde you can see a concrete block far away on the other side. The restaurant “Zum Kornspeicher”, a former fancy HO restaurant of the GDR, is located on our bank. There was dancing on the terrace, the band played under the red mushroom under which we are sitting.

On the further way we pass the “Meisterhäuser”. They were built in 1925/1926 by Walter Gropius as accommodation for the masters of the Bauhaus. At the same time, they were model houses for modern living. The building owner was the city of Dessau, the Bauhaus masters lived for rent.

The Bauhaus Museum Dessau was opened on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus on September 8, 2019.

The Bauhaus Dessau, also Bauhaus Building Dessau, is a building complex in Dessau-Roßlau. It was built according to plans by Walter Gropius 1925/1926 as a school building for the Bauhaus Art, Design and Architecture School. The building itself and the nearby masters’ houses established the Bauhaus’s reputation as an “icon of modernity”.

Furthermore, a settlement with a total of 314 townhouses was built in Törten/Dessau-Süd in 1926/1928. The settlement should also be an example of how the rampant housing shortage during the Weimar Republic could be combated. The living space of the houses was very small at 57 to 75 m². At the same time, each house had a spacious garden of 350 to 400 m², which was intended to be used for self-sufficiency.


9 thoughts on “Dessau – Bauhaus Cycling Tour

  1. I really appreciate this style of building. We have a lot of Bauhaus buildings in Tel Aviv, so many in fact that the city is know as The White City. Many of the buildings were built in the 1930s by German Jewish architects who immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine after the rise of the Nazis.

  2. Thank you for adding some of the history of Bauhaus. I love the stained glass of Bauhaus preserved in some of the doors and windows in the Netherlands. Also interesting to read Lisa’s comment about the art of Bauhaus extending to Israel! Love you shared this educational post with us at All Seasons! Hope you had an enjoyable Sunday and wishing you a great week, Jesh

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