Bauhaus Dessau presents the exhibition “Carl Fieger: From Bauhaus to Bauakademie” through 31 October. With the “Fieger Construction Kit” from the Bauhaus Agents, visitors to the exhibition can themselves be master builders.

A digital building set – The “Fieger Construction Kit” being tested by the first visitors at the exhibition opening. © Thomas Meyer / OSTKREUZ
A digital building set – The “Fieger Construction Kit” being tested by the first visitors at the exhibition opening. © Thomas Meyer / OSTKREUZ

Carl Fieger was not just Walter Gropius’s right hand man for many years. As an architect, he made a significant contribution to the development of new standards in residential construction. The exhibition at the Bauhaus Dessau is dedicated to the extensive work of this superb draughtsman and architect, which spanned more than 40 years and included East Germany’s first Plattenbau (prefabricated concrete building). Visitors to the exhibition will be presented with more than just original drawings and models of the various building types and modular components that Fieger developed. With the interactive “Fieger Construction Kit” conceived by the Dessau Bauhaus Agents, they will also be able to turn Fieger’s components into elements for creating completely new architecture and cityscapes. In this way, visitors create a range of personalised responses to the question that greatly shaped Carl Fieger’s work as an architect: How can standardised components yield something unique?

The Fieger Construction Kit is an interactive feature that appeals to visitors regardless of their previous knowledge and is suitable for all age groups. It was developed by the Dessau Bauhaus Agents Tabea Kießling and Philine Sollmann in collaboration with Badaboom Berlin, a duo known for their playful interactive installations. Badaboom Berlin’s work combines analogue creations with digital media, turning spectators into active participants and designers, and this approach also formed the basis for creating the Fieger Construction Kit. Visitors can reassemble and combine pieces of the Fieger Construction Kit – very directly, with their own hands. The resulting buildings are then transferred to a digital cityscape. By means of sensors and cameras, the novice master builders can then enter this digital world and design a city of their own.

A digital building set – “Fieger Construction Kit” © Thomas Meyer/ OSTKREUZ
A digital building set – “Fieger Construction Kit” © Thomas Meyer/ OSTKREUZ

[LR 2018, Translation: DK]