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Dessau Employment Office

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Walter Gropius, Max Krajewski, Richard Paulick
location Dessau
function government, office
contributed by timo_mecking

As a result of a restricted competition with Bruno Taut and Hugo Häring as opponents, the winner Walter Gropius built the Dessau Employment Office. Opening in 1929, the building was designed in two parts, a one-storey, semi-circle service section which would serve the seasonal changing flow of the public and a two-storey cubicle office structure for administrational use. The service unit was laid out with six separate entrances and a shedded roof made of a steel structure. The roof permitted a large amount of daylight in the interior passages and offices. Career guidance, job placement and cash payouts of unemployment support were carried out here. The interior design of the office was partially executed by the Bauhaus workshops. Façades clad with yellow clinker stones and a steel skeleton were results of Gropius´ concept of a functional architecture and recall his earlier buildings, like the Fagus Shoe Tree Factory in Alfeld from 1911.

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Dessau Employment Office
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday: 08.00 - 12.00 Tuesday: 08.00 - 12.00 / 13.00 - 18.00 Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 08.00 - 12.00 / 13.00 - 16.00 Friday: 08.00 - 11.00 For a guided tour please contact Mrs. Eisenschmidt (++49-340-2042036).
How to get there? Dessau is located in Saxony-Anhalt, between the cities of Leipzig (52 km south) and Magdeburg (65 km north) and can be reached by train or highway A9. Furthergoing information is given by the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Gropiusallee 38, 06846 Dessau.
Completion 5- 1929
Main designer, ArchitectWalter Gropius
Project ID 5080
Latitude/Longitude 51°49'46N 12°14'21E
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