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Minister of State Maria Böhmer on the extension of the Bauhaus World Heritage site

09.07.2017

The head of the German delegation to the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee, Minister of State Maria Böhmer, issued the following statement today (9 July):  

As a master architect and teacher, Hannes Meyer played a key role in the global impact of the Bauhaus. Extending the World Heritage Site is fitting and strengthens the extraordinary universal value of the Bauhaus.

Background information:

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided to extend the current World Heritage site in Dessau and Weimar to include the Houses with Balcony Access in Dessau‑Törten and the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau.

Between 1919 and 1933, the Bauhaus, which was initially based in Weimar and later moved to Dessau, revolutionised the architectural and aesthetic language of architecture and living concepts. In recognition of this accomplishment, the Bauhaus buildings in Dessau and Weimar were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1996. Hannes Meyer, whom Walter Gropius appointed head of the Bauhaus architecture department in 1927 and who served as director of the Bauhaus from 1928 to 1930, significantly shaped the training of architects at Bauhaus. This is why the existing World Heritage site has now been extended to include the Houses with Balcony Access at the Dessau‑Törten housing estate and the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau, both of which Hannes Meyer designed together with the Bauhaus architecture department.

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