Jun 30, 2012

A House in the Bauhaus Style :: On the Market

Recognisable by their no-nonsense angular style,
Bauhaus buildings are something of a rarity in domestic stand alone housing
(more often they are offices, factories or apartments).
So when one comes on the market it's fairly unusual. Especially in Australia.
This house, in leafy Camberwell, Melbourne, 
displays the slightly curved corners,
steel framed windows, geometric cube floor plan
 + flat roof so typical of the style.

Bauhaus was a German-based art school,
running from 1919 to 1933,
which fell into the broader category of Modernism in its mantra.
Believing that every element of art should work cohesively together,
and that function should form the basis of all design,
it had a big influence on graphic design, typography & furniture design.
Architects involved in the Bauhaus school included Walter Gropius + Hannes Meyer in the early years,
arguably the most radical time for ideas,
and, for the last 3 years,
the architecture school department was run by Mies Van der Rohe,
under whom the Bauhaus architectural style became more aesthetically pleasing.
By the mid 1930s, many of the school's teachers and students had left the changing Germany for other countries,
spreading the school's influence around the world.

The very recognisable Wassily chair dates from this movement.
Designed in 1925, by Marcel Breuer, it was the very first tubular chair.
(Have you ever sat in one of these? They are insanely comfortable,
but impossible to get out of, with any shred of elegant dignity!) 

A Bauhaus building celebrated functional, efficient floor planning,
simplicity of line and the beauty of sleek modern materials - especially steel.
For that reason, windows are mostly steel framed, bricks are mostly smoothly rendered, and architectural moulding is mostly plain.
(Notice the rounded edges of the chimney breast? 
That's a typical detail.)

The ground floor plan of this Camberwell house shows the early move 
towards open planning.
Of course the Bauhaus members weren't the only architects interested 
in open planning at this time - just think of Frank Lloyd Wright.
But their rationale for it was based on efficiency and functionalism
rather than a desire for a closer family unit.

It's a fabulous example of the Bauhaus style in domestic architecture. 
I would live here in a heartbeat. 

Would you like to live here?

property location :: 5 remon ave camberwell
agents & images :: noel jones  + o'donoghue
wassily chair


  1. I love the chair in the bedroom! Have a good weekend Virginia x

    1. ah - the grant featherston - I have long coveted that chair too!

  2. Absolutely i would live in that house! A huge fan of Bauhaus!

  3. I'm strangely drawn to it, I'm increasingly favouring more Modernist homes although I think Georgian houses are my favourite but again for their clean elegance in comparison to Victorian - which I sadly live in!

  4. You're right Virginia, Bauhaus residential house is a rare thing. Glad you've mentioned F.L.Wright who obviously had a great impact on Bauhaus movement and it's most prominent proponent Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. "Less is more". (I've seen his pavilion in Barcelona.)

    The house is beautiful and I guess you've already completed imaginary redesign and redecorating to keep up with style. Now it shines, functional and inviting.
    And you wouldn't forget a landscaping as this gem is in need of adornment.

  5. Thank you for this amazing post, Virginia--it is always great to learn a thing or too while being inspired. This house is absolutely amazing. Although I would change up the interiors mightily to go with the flow...

    Bon weekend, beautiful friend!


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