Sommerfeld House, Berlin, entrance, architecture: Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer, 1920–1922 / photo: Carl Rogge. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.
Sommerfeld House, Berlin, entrance, architecture: Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer, 1920–1922 / photo: Carl Rogge. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.

Sommerfeld House was the first commission Walter Gropius received (in 1920) as the director of his new school. It was built in Berlin-Dahlem by the building contractor Adolf Sommerfeld. The expressionistic wooden house was also the Bauhaus’s first collective project. The windows and the interior fittings and fixtures were made by students such as Josef Albers, Marcel Breuer and Joost Schmidt.

Literature:
James-Chakraborty, Kathleen (2009): Expressionism and Experiment. The Sommerfeld House, in: Bauhaus: A Conceptual Model, publ. by Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Exhibition Catalogue, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, pg. 51ff.