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Bauhau-Archiv © Bauhaus-Archiv, Foto: Karsten Hintz

Discover the architectural highlights and upcoming events to mark the centenary of Bauhaus. Berlin Modernism presents Berlin's architectural diversity. Find out more about the history and architects of the Bauhaus movement like Gropius, Taut and van der Rohe and what Berlin Modernism is all about.

Modernism has had a lasting impact on the cityscape of Berlin. In 2008, some six Berlin Modernist housing estates were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Numerous other buildings such as the Lemke House, the ADGB Trade Union School and the Bauhaus Archive itself bear witness to the groundbreaking power of these ideas, which spread all over the world.

Rethinking the world - All about the Bauhaus year

Who built what where? We have put together exciting information about the history of the Bauhaus movement and its most important architects for you. In celebration of the Bauhaus centenary, the Bauhaus Association has devised a nationwide Grand Tour of Modernism. Follow in the footsteps of the Bauhaus architects and discover their continued influence on Berlin's architecture from the post-war period to the present day. You will find all the events surrounding the Bauhaus anniversary in our events calendar.

Berlin Modernism in all its diversity

Berlin Modernism encompasses many aspects; it is architecture and design, but also art, creativity and a whole attitude to life - yesterday and today. Learn more about the diversity of Berlin Modernism, read exciting stories and backgrounds.

Bauhaus and Modernism

Bauhaus is a movement of diversely shaped modernism. The term modernism unites all avant-garde anti-historicist movements in architecture after 1919. What all these schools of thought have in common is the renunciation of the purely decorative and the embracing of functionality.

The large-scale use of new, industrially manufactured building materials such as steel, concrete and glass, the play with colour surfaces and the multiple use of cubic forms characterise the buildings of Classical Modernism. However, there are also curved and even expressive shapes. 

Top events for the Bauhaus year

In just 14 years, the Bauhaus movement revolutionised the architectural language, helped to create the foundations of modern functional design and dared to adopt a new way of thinking. Bauhaus is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2019. You can find more events on the Bauhaus year in the events calendar.

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The large Siemensstadt housing estate
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The large Siemensstadt housing estate

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and to this day a paragon of modern urban development: the large Siemensstadt housing estate in Spandau and Charlottenburg. A consortium of several architects, including Hans Scharoun and Walter Gropius, was formed for the construction to design the 1,370 flats in the estate. Each architect was able to design individual housing blocks, with the result being a varied neighbourhood with different forms of building on display.

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Emil Fahrenkamp’s elegant work of New Objectivity was one of the first steel-framed high-rise buildings in Berlin.

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Beach and swimming area Wannsee in Berlin
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Strandbad Wannsee

For more than 100 years, the place for bathing culture in Berlin. Covered beach chair rentals, water slide, vast sunbathing areas on the beach and in the park—here no wishes remain unfulfilled.

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Berlin: the Bauhaus city

Berlin was the place of work, centre of life and artistic medium for a large number of prominent Bauhäusler. The social and cultural centre of Germany fascinated and challenged the key players of the Bauhaus movement. Berlin, the mythical city of modernism, with its social and political contrasts, a dazzling cultural life and its own ambivalence and gruffness, served as a source of inspiration for the ideas of modernist Bauhaus artists in Berlin.

Modernism has had a lasting influence on Berlin's cityscape. In 2008, some six Berlin Modernist housing estates were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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