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Bauhaus Archive

Bauhaus Archive

Since Google’s doodle on 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus made me find the photos I took in Berlin, which were laying for a long time on my hard disk, I felt that I should prepare a separate post on Bauhaus as well. Below you will find photos of Bauhaus Archive Building in Berlin, I could visit on the autumn of 2010 and a short story of Bauhaus movement.

(The building is on a renovation work now; it is wise to check their website before your visit.)

Google doodle ile Bauhaus’un 100ncü yılını kutlayarak, benim de uzun süredir arşivimde yatan Berlin gezi fotolarını gün yüzüne çıkarmama vesile olmuştu. Bunu takiben Bauhaus hakkında da ayrı bir yayın yapmam gerektiğini düşündüm. Aşağıda 2010 güzünde ziyaret ettiğim Berlin’deki Bauhaus Arşiv binasının fotolarını ve Bauhaus hareketinin kısa hikâyesini bulabilirsin.

(Bina şu anda yenileme çalışmaları içerisinde olduğundan, ziyaretin öncesi sitelerine bir göz atman akıllıca olacaktır.)


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The Bauhaus Archive building was designed by Walter Gropius in 1964 for a site in Darmstadt. However, the design had to be changed due to political reasons and then built in Berlin in 1976-79.

Re-planning was made by Alex Cvijanovic, a former Gropius’ employee and Berlin architect Hans Bandel. They had to alter the design, but shed roofs and general plan arrangements by Gropius survived.

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Short story of Bauhaus:

Although the Bauhaus existed only for 14 years, from 1919 to 1933, it became one of the most influential schools of design, architecture and art. It still continues to draw attention today on design platforms.

The school was founded by architect Walter Gropius in Weimar, but had to change its locations twice due to political reasons, first moved to Dessau then to Berlin.

After Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was leading the school.

Two people having a conversation in the garden of the Bauhaus Archive.

Two people having a conversation in the garden of the Bauhaus Archive.

The intention of the Bauhaus was to rethink the design progresses as an alternative to any traditional approaches. In that sense, it opened a new way to modern art.

Two dogs having a conversation in the garden of the Bauhaus Archive.

Two dogs having a conversation in the garden of the Bauhaus Archive.

The Bauhaus aim was to reunite the arts to achieve contemporary forms of art and architecture. They often questioned the modern type of human lives and our environments.

The Bauhaus was focusing on changing the society and building the future, and their name speaks their goal loudly as Bauhaus means building house.

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Despite the critics on Bauhaus, especially those saying that their approach on art is too mechanical, the school still effects today’s design movements by being an example on rethinking and building principles.


Remembering Anzac Day

Remembering Anzac Day

Vilnius University Library

Vilnius University Library