The history of the Bauhaus is defined by hopes and ideals that are based on the idea that architecture and design can change society and can improve or, indeed, reshape, the world. The Bauhaus has become a myth; its ideals and hope-filled aims are still alive today, one hundred years later.
Marking the centenary of the Bauhaus, the 14th JUNG Architecture Talks took place in Weimar for the first time, on 31st January 2019. Spela Videcnik (OFIS, Ljubljana/Paris), Werner Frosch (Henning Larsen, Copenhagen/Munich) and Prof. José Gutierrez Marquez (Bruno Fioretti Marquez, Berlin) talked about their personal relationship to the Bauhaus and parallels in their own projects.

Dr. Sandra Hofmeister, editor-in-chief of DETAIL and editor of the book Mein Bauhaus, in which 100 architects illustrate their personal association with the Bauhaus, hosted the discussion. The event was organised in cooperation with DETAIL and Mein Bauhaus was presented to the public for the first time in Weimar.
Editor-in-chief of DETAIL of the book „Mein Bauhaus“

100 Years of Bauhaus – 60 Years of Henning Larsen

All aspects of the Danish lifestyle are defined by design. Homes, products, entire cities, traffic routes and communication: all of Danish everyday life is designed, including the world of work. In Denmark, creative and critical thinking is already part of the curriculum at primary schools, and that is something architecture must respond to, as for example, in the Frederiksberg skole project in Arhus, in which architecture promotes the interdisciplinary, open education system and supports the communicative teaching concept. Using this project, Werner Frosch demonstrated how the Bauhaus tradition is continued at Henning Larsen and how its ideologies can be found in the studio’s daily interdisciplinary work.
Henning Larsen, Copenhagen / Munich

Teaching According to Walter Gropius

Spela Videcnik’s relationship to the Bauhaus developed very early on through the traditional, Bauhaus-influenced architecture education in Ljubljana. She is proud to bring this heritage to her own teaching at Harvard GSD, a school that is still influenced by Walter Gropius (he was a teacher at Harvard from 1937-52). Alongside her own projects, she showed how the highest quality in the smallest spaces has been implemented in a students’ dorm in Paris and in a stadium located in the Belarus town of Borisov. From first sketches to prefabrication and building on the mountain summit, the Alpine shelters, for example, were designed by students who also supervised the building process.

Gropius reconstruction

Like no other, the Bruno Fioretti Marquez architectural studio is strongly linked to the Bauhaus. Through the reconstruction of the Masters’ Houses in Dessau, the architects directly followed in Gropius’s footsteps. Not an easy task, as Prof. José Gutierrez Marquez explained in his talk. They did not want to create copies of the buildings destroyed in the Second World War. Rather, they wanted to adopt the basic ideas and transform them to meet today’s thinking. Only by adopting the external form and by deliberate reduction to the essential have they successfully created a gesamtkunstwerk that is equal to the Gropius building.
Prof. José Gutierrez Marquez
Bruno Fioretti Marquez, Berlin/Lugano