The Curtain Wall at the Bauhaus:
1926, 1976, 2026 – Icon,
Monument and Climate Change

// Symposium
Sun, 6 June 2021
Bauhaus Building
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The curtain wall of the Bauhaus Building represents the development of a new architecture with the then modern materials steel, glass and concrete. Today, a facade reconstructed in 1976 – itself an important document for the rediscovery of the Bauhaus in the GDR and the preservation of monuments in modernism – replaces the original from 1926. The current structural problems of the facade have complex causes. It is already becoming apparent that climate change, with extreme heat in summer and exceptionally heavy rain and storms in winter, poses a long-term threat to the Bauhaus Building. During the symposium, architectural historians, monument conservators, architects and experts in building technology and climate change will discuss questions of architectural-historical evaluation, the challenges posed by climate change in terms of building technology and other aspects.


10:00 a.m. – Welcome
with Prof. Dr. Regina Bittner, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

10:10 a.m. – Greeting

10:20 am – Introduction
with Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Meier, Bauhaus University Weimar

1926 // Origin and Occasion

Moderation: M.Sc. Anne Stengel, Studio for Architecture and Monument Preservation, Dessau

10:30 am – From Fagus to Bauhaus
with Dr. Annemarie Jaeggi, Director Bauhaus Archive, Berlin

11:00 a.m. – Glass facades on the Bauhaus building – an overview
with Dipl.-Ing. Monika Markgraf, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

11:30 am – From the Bauhaus to Lever House, and Beyond
with Prof. Dr. Joan Ockman, Cornell University

12:00 p.m. – D i s c u s s i o n > > from 12:30 p.m. break

1976 // The Monument

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Andreas Schwarting, HTWG Konstanz

1:30 p.m. – Reconstruction 76 – The facade 1976 in detail (A.T.)
with Dr. Norbert Korrek, Bauhaus University Weimar

2:00 p.m. – Light metal facades of the post-war period (A.T.)
with Prof. Dr. Andreas Putz, TU Munich

2:30 p.m. – Is modernity allowed to age? On the preservation of buildings from the 20th century
with Dr. Daniela Spiegel, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau

3:00 p.m. – D i s c u s s i o n > > from 15:30 Break

2026 // The Renovation

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. Frank Assmann, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

4:00 p.m. – Climate change in direct analogy to damage patterns of concrete structures from the building period using the example of the Bauhaus Dessau workshop wing
with Dipl.-Ing. Heinfried Stuve, Studio for Architecture and Preservation of Monuments, Dessau

4:30 p.m. – Work report "Van Nelle", Rotterdam
with Prof. Wessel De Jonge, WDJ Architects, Rotterdam

4:50 p.m. – Basic restoration of the New National Gallery Berlin
with Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Wendler, David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin

5:10 p.m. – Climate change and preservation of historical monuments (A.T.)
with Dr. Ulrike Wendland, German National Committee for Monument Protection


5:30 p.m. – Résumé – Statements, Strategies and Outlook
with Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Meier, Bauhaus University Weimar

6:00 p.m. – End of the event

The event will be simultaneously translated into English.