Stay in the Bauhäusler Studios

The former studios of the students of the Bauhaus are now guest rooms that you can rent

By Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

Untitled (Bauhauslers on the shore of the Elbe, including: Hinnerk Scheper, K. Wiegand, Ernst Neufert, Marcel Breuer, Herbert Bayer, Xanti Schawinsky, László Moholy-Nagy) (1921-05-21) by Irene Angela Bayer (née Hecht)Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

You have always dreamed of a night in bed of a Bauhäusler? This is your chance!

Studio Building (1925-26), architect: Walter Gropius, view from East, 2018 (2018) by Walter Gropius (Architecture)Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Where?
This is the famous Prellerhaus. The studio building had Walter Gropius built next to the workshops of his famous avant-garde school: 28 studios for his best students and junior masters.

Working and living in the same place – that was not possible at any other university before.

Carpenter trainee (later junior master) Marcel Breuer lived here and pondered how many different types of chair you probably get bent from tubular steel ...

... meanwhile Joseph Albers (who drove his students into despair with folding exercises in the pre-course) was joking on his balkony ...

... and not only Marianne Brandt (who invented the ball lamp) listened amused ...

while she was trying to sit on the railing of one of those balconies: "How dizzy I got when others did!"

Dessau Bauhaus heads (from the Bauhaus photo album by Fritz Schreiber) (1931/32) by unknownBauhaus Dessau Foundation

It is told that there was loving beyond measures and once at a party 14 people fitted on one of the small balconies! When Mies van der Rohe became director of the Bauhaus in 1930, he ended the "dissolute lifestyle" and swiftly converted the living studios in working studios.

Room 2.55 in the studio building, Bauhaus building, 2.8.2018 (2018) by Walter Gropius (Architecture)Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

What you’ll find?
There are 23 rooms waiting for you today. All rooms are modern in design: with tubular steel furniture, a large desk and sink. Showers are on every floor, a canteen is in the ground floor.

House rules for the studio building (Prellerhaus) (1929-11-01) by Bauhaus DessauBauhaus Dessau Foundation

What to pay attention to?
A look at the former strict house rules does no harm, but you should not be scared off, as they were above all intended to appease the people of Dessau. The Bauhaus has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 and is a listed building!

Untitled (students of the architecture department leave for a trip from in front of the Bauhaus building, Dessau) (1932) by Albert HennigBauhaus Dessau Foundation

How to get there?
If you can’t find a horse, take the train to Dessau. From the station it’s only 5 minutes on foot. Think of your carbon footprint!

Room 2.55 in the studio building, Bauhaus building, 2.8.2018 (2018) by Walter Gropius (Architecture)Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

What to bring?
A stay includes accommodation, without breakfast. Pack your most beautiful notebook, your toughest pen, and hope that magnificent ideas circle through your head.

Want more?
Take a tour through the famous Bauhausbuilding, there is so much to learn about your heroes of the modern age ...

... about tables and chairs by Marcel Breuer ...

... the terrific window curtain by Walter Gropius ...

... and ceiling lamps by Max Krajewski.

Bauhaus stage. Pantomime 'Treppenwitz' by Oskar Schlemmer (1927) by Erich Consemüller (Photo)Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Maybe you are lucky, and you end up on the rooftop terrace. Here, once gymnastics was done or it was played with funny costumes.

You also have extraordinary artistic ideas? Then apply to the Bauhaus Residency and live and work like the masters.

Dessau Bauhaus heads (from the Bauhaus photo album by Fritz Schreiber) (1931/32) by unknownBauhaus Dessau Foundation

A great stay is closer than you think.

What are you waiting for?

Read more about Bauhaus Residency
Credits: Story

Text / Concept / Realisation: Astrid Alexander

Editing: Astrid Alexander, Cornelia Jeske

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