5 impressive references to the Bauhaus in Hamburg
1) U-Bahn Station Kellinghusenstrasse
Walther Puritz built the bridge at Kellinghusen station in 1929. Bauhaus fans travel long distances to see architecture in Gropius’s style. The builder used functional structures, stepped graduations and transparency for the wooden skeleton and glazed façades of the bridge over the tracks.
The angled roof of the ten-storey office building points almost majestically skywards. It took just short of five million bricks to build the façade, which incorporates a number of artistic patterns. The building by architect Fritz Höger, completed in 1924, became a testament to excellent brick expressionism in the early Weimar Bauhaus phase.
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3) Temple-Synagogue at Oberstrasse
Nowadays the synagogue on Oberstrasse is financed by fees. Here, too, the typical design features of the Bauhaus are evident: symmetrical forms, overlapping planes and interleaving.
4) Kunsthaus am Jungfernstieg
In contrast to the Chilehaus, the Kunsthaus am Jungfernstieg is the most recent example of Bauhaus design. Hamburg people know it best as the corporate headquarters of a vacuum cleaner supplier. It reminds Bauhaus fans of the Streamline Moderne movement, of which Erich Mendelsohn was one father.
5) Haus der Jugend Altona
The concrete skeleton of the flat-roofed construction is recognisable from a distance. With many windows and generous stairways and hallways, Altona’s Senator for Construction Gustav Oelsner created a learning-friendly atmosphere for the vocational school centre in 1932. After Werner Kallmorgen’s conversion in 1954, its assembly hall became the stage of the Altona theatre.
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