Design Icon: Walter Gropius

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April 19, 2014
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  Taken by photographer Louis Held, this photograph shows a young Walter Gropius in 1919, the year that Gropius became the successor to the master of the Grand-Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts, the school which, under Gropius' guidance, became the Staatliches Bauhaus.  Courtesy of Louis Held .
    Taken by photographer Louis Held, this photograph shows a young Walter Gropius in 1919, the year that Gropius became the successor to the master of the Grand-Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts, the school which, under Gropius' guidance, became the Staatliches Bauhaus. Courtesy of Louis Held .
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  The now-landmarked Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, was designed by the architect and his wife Ise when he accepted a teaching position at Harvard in 1937. (Check out some great interior shots here.)
    The now-landmarked Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, was designed by the architect and his wife Ise when he accepted a teaching position at Harvard in 1937. (Check out some great interior shots here.)
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  While the first home Gropius constructed in the United States was his own home in Lincoln, Massachusetts, his first official commission was the Hagerty House in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Photo by Dean Kaufman.  Photo by Dean Kaufman.   This originally appeared in Walter Gropius, Hagerty House.

    While the first home Gropius constructed in the United States was his own home in Lincoln, Massachusetts, his first official commission was the Hagerty House in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Photo by Dean Kaufman.
    This originally appeared in Walter Gropius, Hagerty House.
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  Walter Gropius, TAC (The Architects’ Collaborative) and Hisham A. Munir, University of Baghdad Campus, 1957-, Baghdad, Iraq  Courtesy of Col·legi d´Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).  This originally appeared in Architecture in Baghdad.
    Walter Gropius, TAC (The Architects’ Collaborative) and Hisham A. Munir, University of Baghdad Campus, 1957-, Baghdad, Iraq Courtesy of Col·legi d´Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).
    This originally appeared in Architecture in Baghdad.
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  Founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus school was housed in the former Grand-Ducal Saxon Academy of Fine Arts and the School of Arts and Crafts by Henry Van de Velde. One of the founding principles of the school was to unify all creative efforts by combining art theory with practical workshops. The building shown here housed most of the classrooms, studios, and workshops. Renovated in 1996, it is now home to a new Bauhaus school, named and modeled after Gropius's original program, which was ended in 1933 due to pressure from the Nazi regime.    This originally appeared in Touring the Weimar Bauhaus Campus.
    Founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus school was housed in the former Grand-Ducal Saxon Academy of Fine Arts and the School of Arts and Crafts by Henry Van de Velde. One of the founding principles of the school was to unify all creative efforts by combining art theory with practical workshops. The building shown here housed most of the classrooms, studios, and workshops. Renovated in 1996, it is now home to a new Bauhaus school, named and modeled after Gropius's original program, which was ended in 1933 due to pressure from the Nazi regime.
    This originally appeared in Touring the Weimar Bauhaus Campus.
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  Although initially established in the German town of Weimar, the Bauhaus relocated to the industrial city of Dessau. This building, constructed by Staatliches Bauhaus founder and director Walter Gropius, was the second home of the renown school. Learn more about Gropius' ideas on the future of design here.  Courtesy of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
    Although initially established in the German town of Weimar, the Bauhaus relocated to the industrial city of Dessau. This building, constructed by Staatliches Bauhaus founder and director Walter Gropius, was the second home of the renown school. Learn more about Gropius' ideas on the future of design here. Courtesy of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
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  Walter Gropius designed the F-51 armchair for the director's room at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Filled with polyurethane foam, the armchair fabric or leather coated armchair is supported by an ash or maple frame.  Courtesy of Architonic.
    Walter Gropius designed the F-51 armchair for the director's room at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Filled with polyurethane foam, the armchair fabric or leather coated armchair is supported by an ash or maple frame. Courtesy of Architonic.
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  Not all of Gropius's buildings have fared well under public scrutiny. Case in point is New York's MetLife building (originally the Pan Am building), designed with Emery Roth & Sons and Pietro Belluschi.  Courtesy of BCA New York.
    Not all of Gropius's buildings have fared well under public scrutiny. Case in point is New York's MetLife building (originally the Pan Am building), designed with Emery Roth & Sons and Pietro Belluschi. Courtesy of BCA New York.
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