The Bauhaus building in Dessau, designed by Walter Gropius and built in 1926, is the built manifestation of a revolution in design and education. Today, it is accepted worldwide as the ultimate symbol of »white modernism«. But what is it that gives it its lasting stylistic influence? How is Gropius‘s play with transparency, lightness and colour achieved? How was the building used, and how has it changed over the decades since its inauguration? This architectural guide looks behind the distinctive curtain wall, quite literally examines what lies beneath the building‘s facade and reveals frequently overlooked facets of this illustrious building. In concise chapters, the book takes the reader on a tour of the Bauhaus building and its history and thereby prompts an invitation ot visit on a journey of rediscovery.
The small and handy books, designed by the Berlin-based graphic designer Eike König, accompany the exhibitions and are also intended as practical guidebooks for the Bauhaus buildings. The Bauhaus paperback 5 on the Bauhaus Dessau is the first to also appear in English.