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Travel broadens the mind, as the saying goes. It expands our horizons and it’s just fun. It’s in this spirit that we present our Places of Modernism, destinations worth the trip. The sites chosen for the Grand Tour of Modernism also represent the unique intersection of the Bauhaus and modernism. A particular focus is placed on the 1920s in the Weimar Republic, when cities and municipalities provided a significant stimulus through the commission of a variety of constructions, contributing in this way to the spread of New Objectivity.
The Bauhaus was part of this development. Shortly after its inception, the first plans for a model housing estate in Weimar were drawn up. Ultimately, only the famous Haus Am Horn – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – would be built, with all workshops, masters and students of the Bauhaus working on the ‘building of the future’. In Dessau the unique school and workshop buildings would be built as well as the Masters’ Houses and, ultimately, the Dessau-Törten housing estate and the progressive houses with balcony access by Hannes Meyer, who together with the architecture department of the Bauhaus designed the Federal School in Bernau, near Berlin.
With the buildings selected for the Grand Tour of Modernism, we are effectively creating a network that spans the nation, with many intersections, not only in the big cities and not only in the places where the Bauhaus was immediately located, but also in the periphery and away from the major streets.

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