In 2019 Germany celebrates „100 Years Bauhaus“. Bauhaus School was founded in Weimar in 1919 and existed for 14 years only. Its principles and styles influence architecture, arts and design still today.
Bauhaus merges design and craftsmanship, it attempts to level the distinction between fine and applied arts, and to reunite creativity and manufacturing.
Bauhaus is thus a role model for our endeavour to provide beautiful architecture and high quality craftsmanship and at the same time to deliver a sustainable building and use natural and non-toxic materials only.
The motivation behind Bauhaus lay in the 19th century anxieties about the soulless manufacturing and products, and in fears about art's loss of purpose in society. Bauhaus aimed to unite creativity and manufacturing and to rejuvenate design for everyday life.
The same motivation and the aspiration to protect our environment by building energy efficient and healthy homes drives us at Stommel Haus to provide excellent products every day.
"The assumption that an industrialization of house construction would lead to an imbalance and monotony is not to be feared, as long as only the components are typified, whereas the houses constructed from them vary.“ said Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School.
“The ultimate aim of all artistic activity is building! … Architects, sculptors, painters, we must all get back to craft! …
The artist is a heightened manifestation of the craftsman. … Let us form … a new guild of craftsmen without the class divisions that set out to raise an arrogant barrier between craftsmen and artists! …
Let us together create the new building of the future which will be all in one: architecture and sculpture and painting.” Walter Gropius
Early in the 20 century, architects such as Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Mies van der Rohe developed the aim to build modern and functional buildings. Living and working in a time of ongoing industrialisation, the Bauhaus school
abolished „old fashioned“ architectural elements and at the same time looked at using experienced craftsmanship and ways of manufacturing standard elements to build functional and simplistic buildings with clear minimalistic structures.
New building materials such as poured concrete, steel and glass as well as bricks were used. Stommel Haus, however, demonstrates every day, that Bauhaus can be built with sustainable materials such as timber instead of concrete and steel.
"Seeing the creativity and manufacturing as drifting apart, the Bauhaus aimed to unite them once again and to re-burst the design for everyday life. Bringing together fine art and
craft in the shared goal of problem-solving for a modern industrial society, it effectively leveled the old hierarchy of the arts, placing crafts on par with fine arts such as sculpture and painting. … The Bauhaus style reflected the ideas of the influential English designer, William Morris, who argued that art should meet the needs of society and that there should be no distinction between form and function." (Read further at www.widewalls.ch/bauhaus-style-impact)
A hundred years later, we have of course different conditions. The demand for sustainability, energy efficiency and a good interior climate resulted in a fast development of building
materials. There are new ways of handling timber and glass; new insulation materials and other novel building materials have become available and construction methods including off-site manufacturing processes provide an excellent basis for modern building and design. Consumers request contemporary designs with modern style elements of clean lines, light-flooded interiors and maybe even a touch of industry design. May the ideas of Bauhaus be 100 years old, architects of today apply style elements influenced by its principles of clarity and transparency.
Timber house in Bauhaus style?
Architecture influenced by Bauhaus can be built in timber without compromise. Moreover, with our product we combine design and highly skilled craftsmanship as demanded by the Bauhaus founders.
For three generations we manufacture bespoke timber homes in our factory in Germany. From the early log homes we built in the 1960s, we evolved the product and today provide high quality contemporary timber houses which are produced based on modern principles and production processes.
We proudly feel that we live the spirit of Bauhaus today by applying our ethics of skilled craftsmanship, our high tech production methods, as well as using high quality materials.
We want to bring creativity and manufacturing together, as Bauhaus aimed to unite them once again and to introduce design and quality in everyday life.
With our work, we hope to demonstrate that this fusion of technology and science with art and craftmanship does result in wonderful, sustainable and high quality buildings for a warm, comfortable and healthy life in todays often cold and soulless world.