Altstädter School

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  • year of construction / construction time 1926 — 1928
  • architect Otto Haesler

  • year of construction / construction time 2019

building typology

Also known as: Altstädter Volksschule, Glass school (Glasschule)

Otto Haesler was, along with Walter Gropius and Hannes Mayer, one of the pioneers of the Neues Bauen, or New Architecture. He built several important housing estates in this style in the town of Celle, but his best-known building is the Altstädter School, built between 1926 and 1928. This functional building employs a pared-down formal language and is an outstanding example of classical modernism. Shortly after opening, it had already gained international attention.

Haesler, who employed several Bauhaus members in his office, specified a steel frame construction for the school. The three-storey building is aligned north–south and consists of two side wings with classrooms – formerly separated for girls and boys – joined by a lower building in between. Following principles of the reform movement, each of the classrooms was designed for approximately 20 pupils and receives generous amounts of daylight. Due to its nearly 1,800 windows, the building is also known as the “Glasschule” (Glass school).

The core of the school is its multifunctional sports and event hall, which had initially been conceived as a separate building. It originally had a distinctive spatial quality evoked by a skylight band of Luxfer Prism glass tiles. The interplay of daylight and artificial light, combined with the multi-coloured interior design – red beams, grey, black and red doors – gave the space a carefully orchestrated aesthetic character. Regrettably, this impression no longer exists, as the walls are now panelled with wood and the skylights have been covered.

Otto Haesler attached great importance to the colour composition, for which the painter Karl Völker was responsible. Thus, the colours of the central hall were also repeated in the classrooms: light grey walls, blue curtains and red doors. The main entrance, set within a simple façade with banded windows, was given a coloured accent in the form of a red canopy.

Since it opened, the building has been in almost continuous use as a school, but it has undergone numerous alterations and modifications. A comprehensive refurbishment is therefore planned, including restoration of the original event hall. []KS/DK]


Contact and opening hours


Altstädter Schule
Sägemühlenstraße 9
29221 Celle

Opening hours

  • Weekday : Uhr
  • Weekend : closed
  • New Years Day (01.01.) : closed
  • Epiphany (06.01.) : closed
  • Good Friday : closed
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Whit Monday : closed
  • May Day (01.05.) : closed
  • Ascension Day : closed
  • Whit Sunday : closed
  • Whit Monday : closed
  • German Unification Day (03.10.) : closed
  • Reformation Day (31.10.) : closed
  • Christmas Eve : closed
  • 1. Christmas Day : closed
  • 2. Christmas Day : closed
  • New Years Eve : closed

Die Besichtigung des Gebäudes ist nur während des Schulbetriebs möglich.

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Directions by local public transport:

Nächstgelegener Bahnhof der Deutschen Bahn: Bahnhof Celle
Nächstgelegene Haltestelle ÖPNV: Hallenbad

Video: Bauhausstadt Celle

Der Architekt Otto Haesler hat Celle ein wertvolles Erbe hinterlassen: drei Wohnsiedlungen und eine Volksschule im richtungsweisenden Bauhausstil.

Video: 100 Jahre Bauhaus im Norden: Celle

Bisher war kaum bekannt, was jetzt im Jubiläumsjahr groß vermarktet wird: Auch Celle ist Bauhaus. Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts fing Otto Haesler mit einem Café an. Diverse Großprojekte folgten.

Video: Bunte Bauhaus-Schuhkartons

Otto Haesler sollte eigentlich Nachfolger des Bauhaus-Direktors Walter Gropius werden, lehnte aber ab und baute lieber in seiner Heimatstadt weiter. Celle hat heute mehr Gebäude im Bauhausstil als Dessau oder Weimar. Doch diese sind vom Verfall bedroht.

Video: Das Otto-Haesler-Museum

Der Architekt gilt als Pionier des sozialen Wohnungsbaus und einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter des "Neuen Bauens". Ein Besuch im neu gestalteten Otto-Haesler-Museum in Celle.

Altstädter school, Celle: kitchen
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Altstädter school, Celle: kitchen
Altstädter school, Celle: class room
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Altstädter school, Celle: class room

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