Formerly groceries, now books

Libraries at the Bauhaus

Deutsche Werkstätten services:
Manufacture of issuing desks, outfitting of interiors with loose furniture

Completion 2011


At one time the shelves were stacked high with groceries and household goods, but now they are heaving with books. In December 2011, the former supermarket on Gropiusallee in Dessau, which traded under the name ‘Bauhaus-Kaufhalle’ in GDR times, was reopened as the ‘Bibliotheken am Bauhaus’. The building has been extensively renovated to a design by the Berlin-based Reiner Becker firm of architects; the client was the University of Anhalt which now has its main library on the ground floor. The first floor accommodates the offices and library of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Deutsche Werkstätten was commissioned to furnish both floors. Two issuing desks were built, including one on a grand scale where students can take out books on architecture, urban planning and design as well as the historic Bauhaus movement. In addition, we supplied library, archive and magazine racks, as well as desks, chairs and lamps in the classic Bauhaus style for the study areas.
Perhaps at this very moment, someone is thumbing through a publication about Deutsche Werkstätten?

Text: Deutsche Werkstätten
Photo: Sven Döring