Walter Gropius Research Paper

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Walter Gropius is recognised as one of the pioneers of modern architecture. Born in Berlin, Germany on the 18th of May 1883. Walter Gropius was the founder of the famous Bauhaus School, an art school in Germany. Known not be the most natural drawer and artist, Gropius was a firm believer in team work and collaborations throughout his career. He studied architecture at the Technical Universities in Berlin and Munich, after which he was recruited by the credible industrial designer and architect Peter Behrens. Behrens was an inspiration to Gropius as he was to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier in their early careers. He was famous for designing such buildings as the AEG Turbine Factory, The Technical Administration Building of Hoechst…show more content…
In 1910, Walter and his colleague of the time Adolf Meyer left the office of Peter Behrens and set up practice in Berlin. They were responsible for designing some seminal buildings such as The Faguswerk and the office building for the Werkbund Exhibition. The Faguswerk, a shoe factory, is a great early example of modern architecture. This was a combination of steel construction and masonry and portrayed a modern ethic that form reflects function. When it came to the Werkbund building, Gropius and Meyer were hugely influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright an architect who believed in the philosophy of organic architecture, influenced the pair with his "Prairie Houses". The use of symmetry, the horizontality of the structures, the corner pavilions and the ample overhanging eaves. They loved Wright's overall style and concept. World War 1 interrupted Walter's budding career. In 1914 he was drafted into the signal corps where he served as a sergeant and then eventually as a lieutenant. Gropius survived through some exceptional circumstances and was even shot out of the sky along with a dead pilot. He was honoured with the proclaimed Iron Cross twice for his…show more content…
This could let Gropius and Meyer focus on the designing of the facades without having to take into consideration the structural support aspects of them. The slender piers which are slightly angled inward define the façade of the structure and are faced with brick. Adjourned iron frames are situated in between the piers and spread over the whole of the three storey building and are also occupied with bigger glazed segments which house windows in slight metal frames. The shells of glass that stay around the corners of the building emphasise the constructive rationale of relocating the supports inside of the

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