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The Bauhaus Perspective on Green Spaces
The Bauhaus shifted perspectives further afield. Modernism turned familiar perforated façades into glass envelopes – thereby providing an unobstructed view of the outside world. What role does the outdoors play in the Bauhaus? What is its understanding of the countryside and green areas we live in? And how does the Bauhaus period inspire the design of open spaces today?
How the Bauhaus found its way back to Europe
We tend to see the influence of the Bauhaus on the USA as a one-way street. In fact, the fertilisation was reciprocal and continues to this day.
Weissenhof Estate, Stuttgart
In 1925, the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) commissioned Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to organise the exhibition “Die Wohnung” (the flat). The show, opened in 1927, was organised into four sections with the Weissenhof Estate being the most significant field of experimentation for new materials and construction methods.
The 1922 project design for a triangular twenty-storey office building in the shape of a glazed “crystal honeycomb” (Wabe) was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s spectacular contribution to a high-profile competition inviting ideas for Berlin’s first high-rise at Friedrichstraße railway station.
Tugendhat House, Brno (Brünn)
In Tugendhat House, which was commissioned by Grete and Fritz Tugendhat, Mies van der Rohe incorporates, among other things, design elements from the Barcelona Pavilion.