Walter Gropius – master of modern architecture

A portrait of Walter Gropius

A portrait of Walter Gropius

I wanted to write a longer post on Walter Gropius today but time and events have conspired against me and this is going to have to be brief. I hope to write a little more another day covering a wonderful exhibition of Bauhaus material in Manchester a number of years ago.

Walter Adolph Georg Gropius (May 18, 1883 – July 5, 1969) was a German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School who, along with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.

For more go here.

Walter Gropius House

Walter Gropius House 1938

For more on the Walter Gropius House go here.

Impington Village College is the only building designed by Gropius in the UK.

Impington Village College

Impington Village College 1939

Impington Village College is a remarkable achievement and influenced the design of school buildings in subsequent generations. Designed by Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry it was later described by Pesvener as one of the best buildings of its date in England, ‘if not the best’

For more information on Impington go here.

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  1. I’ve been a Bauhaus fan since before I was a designer, it’s possible that the Bauhaus had such an impact on me that I stopped wanting to be a comic book artist (i say stopped, Batman never quite leaves you) and instead wanted to follow in the footsteps of these giants of creativity. Gropias was a personal favourite, I have long wanted to go to Gemany and see the museums and some of the legacy they have left us, I think next year I’ll take my own little pilgrimage to design nirvana. If you hear of any UK based Bauhaus exhibits I would be interested to know about them, I did go to an excellent retrospective of design that included lots of Bauhaus documents at The British Library a few years back, I nearly exploded with Glee!

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