Quick access:
Go directly to content (Alt 1)Go directly to second-level navigation (Alt 3)Go directly to first-level navigation (Alt 2)
Form and Landscape© Mark Römisch

Bauhaus in New England
Form and Landscape

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the Goethe-Institut Boston visualizes the special connection and mutual attraction between the Bauhaus and New England with a photo essay. Photographer Mark Römisch beautifully captures the essence of the little-known colonies in Wellfleet, Lincoln and Lexington (Massachusetts), and their inhabitants.
 

More about the project

Gallery

  • 1b6 © Mark Römisch
    Halprin House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Hayden Walling, 1965
  • 1b3 © Mark Römisch
    Kugel/Gips House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Charlie Zehnder, 1970
  • 1b1 © Mark Römisch
    Hatch Cottage, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Jack Hall, 1960
  • 1b2 © Mark Römisch
    Breuer House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Marcel Breuer, 1944
  • 1b7 © Mark Römisch
    Hatch Cottage, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Jack Hall, 1960
  • 1b5 © Mark Römisch
    Halprin House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Hayden Walling, 1965
  • 1b4 © Mark Römisch
    Kugel/Gips House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Charlie Zehnder, 1970

Hidden deep in the woods on the Cape Cod peninsula of Massachusetts, immigrant architects surrounding Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer build summer houses for their families and friends with the simplest of materials. With the boundary between inside and outside blurred, the contemporary, clear lines of the Bauhaus architecture enters into dialogue with the tranquility of the rugged nature on the Cape.

Like a dweller of the surrounding woods, the approach with the camera into these half-forgotten traces of the Bauhaus movement begins carefully, retaining a distance, with awakened senses, and explores the proximate encounter of architecture and landscape, of Man and Nature.
 

  • hf1 © Mark Römisch
    Breuer House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Marcel Breuer, 1944
  • hf22 © Mark Römisch
    Hatch Cottage, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Jack Hall, 1960
  • hf23 © Mark Römisch
    Kugel/Gips House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Charlie Zehnder, 1970
  • hf26 © Mark Römisch
    Lechay House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Hayden Walling, 1959
  • hf29 © Mark Römisch
    Kohlberg House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Luther Crowell, 1960
  • hf27 © Mark Römisch
    Kohlberg House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Luther Crowell, 1960
  • hf7 © Mark Römisch
    Halprin House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Hayden Walling, 1965
  • hf21 © Mark Römisch
    Hatch Cottage, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Jack Hall, 1960
  • hf28 © Mark Römisch
    Weidlinger House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Paul Weidlinger, 1953
  • hf24 © Mark Römisch
    Kugel/Gips House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Charlie Zehnder, 1970
  • hf11 © Mark Römisch
    Hatch Cottage, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Jack Hall, 1960

The view from outside onto the extensive glass facade of the Hayden Wallings Halprin House invites the lush New England nature inside as a reflection of itself. Emerging from the formal, functional interior of the Kugel/Gips House, the baroque embellishments of the surrounding trees and shrubs disclose themselves to the beholder. To step down from the wood shod veranda is like stepping onto a faraway planet.
 

  • 3b0 © Mark Römisch
    Kugel/Gips House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Charlie Zehnder, 1970
  • 3b2 © Mark Römisch
    Lechay House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Hayden Walling, 1959
  • 3b3 © Mark Römisch
    Lechay House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Hayden Walling, 1959
  • 3b8 © Mark Römisch
    Weidlinger House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Paul Weidlinger, 1953
  • 3b1 © Mark Römisch
    Lechay House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Hayden Walling, 1959
  • 3b4 © Mark Römisch
    Kugel/Gips House, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Charlie Zehnder, 1970
  • 3b7neu © Mark Römisch
    Hatch Cottage, Wellfleet, MA | Designed by Jack Hall, 1960

Escaping the rising unrest in Nazi Germany, Gropius and the armada of Bauhaus artists that followed him find their longed for spiritual and physical freedom in New England.

It is a freedom that is mirrored in the design of the Gropius House as well as the private residences of the Six Moon Hill colony, tightly tied to a desire to connect with the Outdoors and an appreciation for local architectural traditions.
 

  • 4b2 © Mark Römisch
    Gropius House, Lincoln, MA | Designed by Walter Gropius, 1938
  • 4b5 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by The Architects Collaborative
  • 4b12 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by The Architects Collaborative
  • 4b9 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by The Architects Collaborative
  • 4b6 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by Louis McMillen (for TAC), 1948
  • 4b4 © Mark Römisch
    Francis C. Gaskill House, Lincoln, MA | Designed by Quincy Adams, 1940
  • 4b7 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by Louis McMillen (for TAC), 1948
  • 4b3 © Mark Römisch
    Gropius House, Lincoln, MA | Designed by Walter Gropius, 1938
  • 4b10 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by The Architects Collaborative
  • 4b1 © Mark Römisch
    Gropius House, Lincoln, MA | Designed by Walter Gropius, 1938
  • 4b11 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by The Architects Collaborative
  • 4b8 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by Louis McMillen (for TAC), 1948

The Bauhaus School presented the 20th century with a new self-awareness in relation to the immediate environment. The encounter between these new ideas and the unique landscape of northeastern United States is tangibly kept alive through the Bauhaus movement legacy in New England.
 

  • 5hf5 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by The Architects Collaborative
  • 5hf3 © Mark Römisch
    Francis C. Gaskill House, Lincoln, MA | Designed by Quincy Adams, 1940
  • 5hf4 © Mark Römisch
    Private Residence, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, MA | Designed by The Architects Collaborative
  • 5hf2 © Mark Römisch
    Gropius House, Lincoln, MA | Designed by Walter Gropius, 1938
  • 5hf1 © Mark Römisch
    Gropius House, Lincoln, MA | Designed by Walter Gropius, 1938


Essay


The photographer

Top