Dessau Törten Housing Estate with Buildings of the Cooperative Society from the Southeast, photo: Emil Theis, around 1928. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.
Dessau Törten Housing Estate with Buildings of the Cooperative Society from the Southeast, photo: Emil Theis, around 1928. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.

Built from 1926 to 1928, the Dessau-Törten Estate was designed to create affordable living space for the growing population. A key element for Gropius was the rationalisation of all construction processes under the primary consideration of reducing costs. The individual assembly of the prefabricated building components was also intended to fulfil the specific wishes of the residents.

The Dessau-Törten estate includes the Balcony Access Houses and an experimental metal house.

Literature:
Schwarting, Andreas (2009): 'A New and Better World'. The Dessau-Törten Housing Estate and the Rationalization of Residential Development, in: Bauhaus: A Conceptual Model, publ. by Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Ostfildern, p. 239ff.
Wingler, Hans M. (1997): Walter Gropius, Bauhausbauten Dessau, Berlin (New Bauhaus books).