For architecture enthusiasts, the Bauhaus represents the most important turning point in 20th century Western design. The German school taught industrial design from 1913 to 1933 when the Nazi regime shut it down. Today, located two hours south of Berlin, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (above) is an architectural tourism mecca.
You can book one of the original dorm rooms where some of the world’s most influential architects once lived. There are 15 single and five double rooms in the Prellerhaus building, furnishing sparely with lockers and the iconic Wassily Chair designed by Marcel Breuer in 1926 while he attended school here. That's the chair with the metal tubing and leather straps, designed like a deconstructed Parisian leather club chair. Breuer was inspired by the curves of a bicycle handlebar.
Communal bathrooms are down the hall. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria in the main building.
When I first saw the immense walls of uninterrupted glass and rows of square balconies—both major innovations for their time—I was amazed by the fluidity between all of the square pieces working together as a whole. Even the famous BAUHAUS sign is elegantly symmetrical, vertically and horizontally.
Nearby, the Masters’ Houses were built for the school faculty. They share the same Modernist mojo as Bauhaus HQ, each a precursor for what we consider “modern home design” today.
The Bauhaus was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996, with restoration continuing to this day.