Building Bauhaus

Founded by Walter Gropius in Germany in 1919, the Bauhaus art school influenced modern design and architecture—shaping our homes and our cities to this day.

a photo of Walter Gropius's house in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Reading Bauhaus: 7 Books to Mark a Modernist Milestone

A roundup of reads for fans of Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, and other big names of the Bauhaus art and design movement.

The Women of the Bauhaus

Walter Gropius’s lofty rhetoric about equality fell short of the essentialist differences that the art school’s founders perceived between the sexes (and imposed on women at the school).

Why Marcel Breuer's Brutalism Lives on in Atlanta

Despite changes in architectural fashion and a debate over its future, the Brutalist Atlanta-Fulton Central Library will live on.

Unpacking Tel Aviv’s White City

If Tel Aviv’s history is a story of sanctuary and self-isolation, then its buildings designed in the Bauhaus style are monuments to just that.

The outside of a modern academic building, with translucent panels along the second floor and window-walled classrooms below.

The Bauhaus in the Age of Frictionless Design

The design school at Chicago’s IIT is a direct descendant of the Bauhaus. Its slick new building is, in some ways, everything the Bauhaus was not.

A Modernist Gas Station With a New Purpose

How an architecture firm turned a Mies van der Rohe-designed Esso in a remote section of Montreal into the La Station community center.

Drawing exercise of abstract shapes in different colors, from the 1920s.

‘The Whole World a Bauhaus’ Reveals a Movement’s Fault Lines

An exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum shows how the Bauhaus was defined by its conflicting ideologies.

An Old Mies For a New Toronto

How Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the final director of the Bauhaus school, sparked an architectural arms race in downtown Toronto among Canada’s major banks.

How the Bauhaus Kept Things Weird

Many imitators of the famous art school’s output have missed the surreal, sensual, irrational, and instinctual spirit that drove its creativity.

A Bus for Learning and Unlearning the Bauhaus Legacy

With their traveling project, the Savvy Contemporary collective hopes to examine power relations in the context of globalization and the impact of these on design and ideas.

Making Sense of a Walter Gropius ‘Memory Palace’

An interview with the artist behind a 2017 film about the still-operating Fagus shoe factory in Germany that revolutionized industrial architecture.

The Dream of the Bauhaus Is Alive Just Outside Pittsburgh

Aluminum City Terrace was a project of the Federal Works Agency and the only multi-tenant housing taken on by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer in the U.S.

Dessau Made the Bauhaus, the Bauhaus Made Dessau

It was a perfect setting for a movement that wanted to cross over the boundary between art and technology. Today, it survives on a different kind of creativity.

How the Bauhaus Kept the Nazis at Bay, Until It Couldn’t

The art school’s brief run in Germany shows not a simple dichotomy, but rather how, to varying degrees of bravery, individuals tried to survive under tyranny.

Why the Bauhaus Still Matters

A special series that reflects on the Bauhaus school on its 100th anniversary—from the roots of its ideas to how its concepts impacted an impure world.