Spending the Night at the Bauhaus


If you’re one of those fortunate people who a) still has a job and b) aren’t concerned about lay-offs so you can still do frivolous things like take vacations, we have a recommendation for you. The Guardian‘s Hans Kundnani reports in from Dessau, Germany, where you can stay, at a very reasonable fee, in the rooms once used by students at the Bauhaus architecture school. You can wander wander around halls Walter Gropius designed, visit the classrooms people like Kandinsky and Klee taught in, and take communal showers just like the students in the 1920s would have (the boarding is pretty historically accurate, see?). To us, it sounds like the world’s most perfect get away, and probably to you too — just make sure you clear it with your spouse or significant other first, particularly that communal showering part. Here’s a bit about venturing outside your room:

After breakfast in the canteen where the Bauhaus students used to eat for free (you sit on Breuer stools, of course), I set out to explore the rest of Dessau, which is easily navigable by foot or on bicycles that can be rented from the railway station. The most significant of the other buildings designed by Gropius and the school’s architecture department that are open to the public is the Torten Estate, a housing project consisting of more than 300 terraced one- and two-storey dwellings, which were built cheaply with standardised prefabricated components that could be assembled on site like Lego. Several units are open to the public, including an experimental house made entirely of steel.