School of the trade union federation "Allgemeiner Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund" (ADGB) in Bernau near Berlin. It was designed by Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer and is now site of the "Bauhaus" world cultural heritage.

Long overdue!

He forever stood in the shadow of his predecessor Walter Gropius and his successor Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: Now two key buildings by Hannes Meyer have become part of the World Cultural Heritage. “At long last!”, declares Philipp Oswalt.
by Philipp Oswalt | 7/11/2017

The expansion of the Bauhaus World Cultural Heritage site to include two key buildings designed by architect Hannes Meyer is a long overdue acknowledgement of the efforts of the second director of the Bauhaus, over whom following his expulsion in 1930 the cloak of silence was cast for decades and who, at the instigation of his predecessor Walter Gropius was deliberately the target of calumny. While Walter Gropius’ oeuvre was uncritically celebrated, usually no one mentions the central contribution Meyer made to an “architecture engage”. The buildings with the covered walkways in Dessau and the Trade Union College in Bernau are pioneering and still valid attempts to use architecture to foster social emancipation, to erect a more just and social commonality. While Gropius above all created the so-called “Bauhaus style” and made certain it gained sway, it was Meyer who primarily grasped architecture as a social task and therefore critically addressed his own profession and its propensity to opt for formalist solutions.

Philipp Oswalt is an architect and professor for architectural theory at Kassel University. From 2009 to 2014 he was the head of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau.

Dining hall at the former school of the ADGB
Hannes Meyer
Former school of the ADGB
Bedroom wing of the former school of the ADGB
Stairway to the gymnasium of the former school of the ADGB
Detail of the stairs at the so called "Laubenganghäuser
Five "Laubenganghäuser"(houses with access balcony) were build in Dessau-Törten after the design of Hannes Meyer.
Reconstructed apartment at the "Laubenganghäuser"