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The Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany

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The Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany

The ur-Modernist building, designed by Walter Gropius and completed in 1926, features one of the earliest versions of the now-commonplace glass curtain wall. The crazy thing about the Bauhaus is that, for all the school’s well-known philosophizing about industrial methods, its own building was lovingly handmade, something that becomes obvious if you set foot inside.

More Modernism: The Bauhaus building is open to the public for exhibitions and events, and when in Dessau, you can also visit Bauhaus treasures such as the Master’s Houses and the Restaurant Kornhaus.

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