“Spend the night like a Bauhausler.” The tagline, pinched from the official Bauhaus website, answers every modernist-humanist-seeking-lodging’s dream: Straggled visitors or awestruck pilgrims can book a room in the Studio Building (“Prellerhaus”) at the famous digs at Dessau. For as little at $47, you can rent one of the block’s 20 flats, which were once home to the school’s immensely talented students.
The idea is to reconstruct the daily lives of Bauhauslers as they were 90 years ago, including collective bathrooms and showers and dining house. For those wanting a more personalized experience, the Bauhaus Dessau will soon be opening specially themed rooms.
The five newly upgraded flats, which will run at a slightly higher rate (starting from $60), once belonged to the school’s most illustrious residents. Three of them are outfitted with features that were either designed by or evocative of their former tenants, including Joseph Albers and the architects Franz Ehrlich and Alfred Arndt. In the Albers suite, furniture designs by the colorist populate the room, and broad splashes of red add a vibrancy to the white-and-grey boxes. Arndt’s studio offers a whole suite of elegant wood-and-steel frame meubles.
All of the rooms were restored with the help of period photographs. True to the Bauhaus, they’re simple and relatively sparse, though humanist in their proportions and with plenty of sunlight, thanks to the large glass windows. In the three personalized suites, the furnishings are bespoke. The reconstructed rooms feature Marcel Breuer bent-steel chairs and desks, which echo the projecting balconies of the Gropius building.