This trend is traced back to Germany 100 years ago when an architect founded a school of building named Staatliches Bauhaus, a term which literally translates to ‘building house’. With a goal of teaching the incoming generation of architects and engineers to design for mass production and affordability, the institute’s lasting influence is characterised by metal, glass and industrial modernism. The school went on to influence art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design and typography long after closing its doors in 1933, and we’re now seeing its resurgence in residential building around the world.
Bauhaus windows, like those on the Dessau building, are usually seen in rows of small squares and framed with black steel. In parts of the large grid-like window sections, swivel mechanics are disguised to allow ventilation without interruption of the design. While these win-dows are typically seen on the building’s facade, modern architects and builders are finding new and innovative ways to interpret the trend inside the home.
In India, residential architects at Zero9 incorporated the iconic look in an apartment, serving as a visually interesting partition by in-stalling rows of Bauhaus windows in the wall dividing two living spaces. In the enclosed lounging area, the steel-framed squares are seen again, where they have been used without glass to function as an intricate bookshelf. Tying the look together, the apartment is finished with glimpses of more dark steel on light fittings and furniture.