The Bauhaus Bus Embarks on a World Tour to Celebrate the School’s Centennial
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The Bauhaus Bus Embarks on a World Tour to Celebrate the School’s Centennial

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
A bus modeled after the famous Bauhaus school in Dessau will visit four cities, exploring the movement’s legacy while challenging its Eurocentric attitudes.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, Berlin–based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel has designed a 161-square-foot version of the iconic Bauhaus school building in Dessau—in the form of a bus. As ArchDaily reports, the exterior of the Wohnmaschine, as the miniature is known, features the same glass, gridded facade and iconic lettering as the original structure built in 1919. However, the interiors feature an apartment-like space designed to host exhibitions, workshops, and a reading room full of books on the history of Bauhaus

Designed by Bauhaus founding director Walter Gropius, the school embodies the movement's core principles and values. 

The project is part of Spinning Triangles, a project by Berlin art space Savvy Contemporary, and curated by Elsa Westreicher. "We recognize the Bauhaus not only as a solution, but also as a problem, and will propose a school of design that may well become an ‘un-school,’" states Savvy Contemporary, whose project is to combat existing power dynamics in design and destabilize the school’s Eurocentric focus. 

The Bauhaus bus will hit four cities around the world, kicking off in Dessau before traveling to travel to Berlin for the 100 Years Bauhaus opening festival, and then heading to Kinshasa and Hong Kong. 

Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel designed the 161-square-foot bus version of the iconic workshop wing of the Bauhaus school building in Dessau.  

The Bauhaus bus will travel the world, visiting four cities in celebration of the school's centenary year. 

Gropius’ Bauhaus building in Dessau is a mecca for design lovers. 

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