50 Wonders | Nicholas Grimshaw: Bauhaus, Dessau

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The Gold Medal winner and founder of Grimshaw recalls a heady trip east

Wonder: The Bauhaus, Dessau

Architect: Walter Gropius, 1925

Nominator: Nicholas Grimshaw

It was in the heady days after the Berlin Wall came down. We had won a competition for the Berlin Stock Exchange building and Michael Pross, “our man in Berlin”, suggested that we should do a trip over the former border to see what was going on. We drove in the direction of Dessau. Everything looked very rural and kids were selling honey by the road (the honey subsequently turned out to be some petro-chemical product which had never seen a bee in its life).

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