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One of the greatest design movements in recent Western history originated at the Bauhaus, a 20th century German school that aimed to redefine approaches to art and design, namely through architecture. Anyone with an affection not just for cities, but for everything from buildings to the furniture that occupies them, may want to take a trip to the Bauhaus Archive and Museum of Design in Berlin.
History of a movement
The Bauhaus school was founded by architect Walter Gropius in 1919 in the German city of Weimar. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the purpose of the school was to reconstruct the material world to better reflect a unity between all forms of art. It was a utopian vision that combined craftsmanship, technology and the arts into a production-centered curriculum. While the Bauhaus is often associated with its architectural innovators - namely the modernist buildings of Gropius himself and minimalist Mies van der Rohe - the often sleek and abstract designs of Bauhaus alumni have also had a huge impact on modern furniture design, among other fields of art and industry.
The Bauhaus Archive is itself a work by Walter Gropius, planned in 1964 and eventually completed in Berlin in 1979. The structure boasts a distinctive facade of flat, white pillars that are actually the thin sides of the building. Inside, the Bauhaus hosts a collection of documents and artifacts that detail the history of the school and the many works that were developed under its guidance between the years of 1919 and 1933. This includes a large range of architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and photography from students a well as teachers.
In addition to its regular displays, the museum also hosts lectures, discussions, workshops, readings and concerts throughout the year.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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