The Brendel Atelier
The recently renovated Brendel Atelier is now the new site of the university’s visitor and information centre the Bauhaus.Atelier | Info Shop Café which opened on 21 April 2010. As the representative welcoming centre of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the Bauhaus.Atelier is a place of contact and communication for visitors, professors, staff and students. The centre offers guests the chance to experience the open, creative and transdisciplinary spirit of the university in its professional and service-oriented form.
On display at the Bauhaus.Atelier | Info Shop Café are the newest releases by the University Press, e.g. publications about the Bauhaus and recent subject-related literature. The shop also offers innovative souvenirs, created by designers who study and work at the university. The Bauhaus.Atelier hopes to continue growing as a sales platform for products made by our students and alumni. The café offers visitors a warm atmosphere and excellent coffee, and is also the starting point for the Bauhaus Walk.
The Brendel Atelier belongs to the ensemble of Bauhaus-period buildings which were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996. As a result of recent construction work at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the redesigned space behind the main building, the glass edifice stands free on all four sides for the first time since 1914. With its renovation complete, it is now situated at the heart of the university’s main campus.
The History of the Atelier
With the founding of the Bauhaus University in Weimar, the glass atelier building played a central role for all; equipped with a kitchen annex, from 1919 to 1925, it served as canteen for the Bauhäusler.
The departure of the Bauhaus school from Weimar saw the small canteen disused and the institutions which followed in steadt of the university used it a storage room until the 1990s, hoping for its eventual restoration.
In 1999 the atelier was classified as a Historic Monument by the Thuringia State Office. It then served mainly as a studio and storage space for sculptures. At the same time, the University began think of a new use for the unique structure, small but rich with history.
Bauhaus.Atelier | Info Shop Café
Inner Courtyard, Bauhaus-University
Tel.: +49 (0) 36 43/58 30 01 (TAM)