It’s almost impossible to overstate the significance of the building, erected in 1925–26 as a school of Bauhaus art, design and architecture. Two key pioneers of modern architecture, Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, served as the school’s directors. Gropius claimed that the ultimate of all artistic endeavours was architecture, and this building was the first real-life example of his vision. It was revolutionary, bringing industrial construction techniques such as curtain walling and wide spans into the public domain and presaging untold buildings worldwide. The school also disseminated the movement’s ideals of functionality and minimalism.
Today a smattering of postgrads from an urban studies program use some of the building but much of it is open to the public. The gift shop sells cool trinkets, books, posters and postcards.
You can hire an English-language audioguide (adult/concession €4/3) and tour the building by yourself but you will only see inside the rooms on the guided tour.