ADGB Trade Union School World Heritage Site

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ADGB Trade Union School
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Residential blocks, ADGB Trade Union School
ADGB Trade Union School is located in Germany
ADGB Trade Union School
Location of ADGB school in Germany
Alternative namesBundesschule des Allgemeinen Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes
General information
StatusRestored
TypeEducation and Training Complex
Architectural styleInternational modern
AddressHannes-Meyer-Campus 1, 16321 Bernau bei Berlin
Town or cityBernau bei Berlin
CountryGermany
Coordinates52°42′23″N 13°32′38″E / 52.7065°N 13.5440°E / 52.7065; 13.5440Coordinates: 52°42′23″N 13°32′38″E / 52.7065°N 13.5440°E / 52.7065; 13.5440
Construction started1928
Completed1930
Cost~EU 28 million (2007 renovation)
ClientAllgemeiner Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund
Technical details
Structural systemBrick, concrete, steel, glass
Design and construction
ArchitectHannes Meyer; Hans Wittwer
TypeCultural
Criteriaii, iv, vi
Designated1996 (20th session), modified 2017 (41st session)
Reference no.729bis-003
State PartyGermany
RegionEurope and North America

The ADGB Trade Union School (Bundesschule des Allgemeinen Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes (ADGB)), is a training centre complex in Bernau bei Berlin, Germany. It was built for the former Federation of German Trade Unions, from 1928 to 1930. It is a textbook example of Bauhaus functionalist architecture, both in the finished product and in the analytical and collaborative approach used develop the design and complete the project. Next to the Bauhaus Dessau building, it was the second-largest project ever undertaken by the Bauhaus.[1][2]

It was designed by the Bauhaus director Hannes Meyer with Hans Wittwer, who taught the Bauhaus building theory course alongside Meyer. The two architects, both Swiss, had also worked together in their hometown, Basel. Students from the building theory course and other areas of the Bauhaus were also involved with the design, construction and interior fitting of the complex.[3][4]

In 2017 the ADGB Trade Union School was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau.[5]


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