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Reconstruction of destroyed Bauhaus Masters' Houses

Author hubert
#1 | Posted: 2 May 2012 15:45 
In Dessau, they started the reconstruction of those parts of the Bauhaus Masters' Houses that were completely destroyed in World War II.
The semi-detached houses that were not destroyed were extensively redesigned after WWII. After 1990 they were restored in their original style. What is missing until today, is the Director's House of Gropius and one half of the semi-detached house, which was once inhabited by Moholy-Nagy - both were completely destroyed in a bombing raid during World War II. At the site of the Gropius house, a house in the style of the 50s was built.
Plans for the reconstruction of the destroyed houses were started ​​years ago. But there was a fierce quarrel about the appropriate way to deal with the history of the houses: Is a complete reconstruction a falsification of history?
Now they found a compromise. The restored buildings will be an "exact reproduction of the shape of the original buildings and transparent parts. The recognition of existing and new parts can be ensured by the choice of material and texture and by the drastic reduction of details."
Whatever that means exactly. One should be able to clearly distinguish between old and new. But the original intention of Gropius should be visible again.
Sounds interesting, I think.

There is a webcam showing the progress of the works:

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