Many consider Bauhaus as the nucleus and motor of modern architecture. Upon the 100-year anniversary of the internationally renowned institution, the architecture guide 100 Jahre Moderne in Hessen rectifies this one-sided and narrow view. Based on examplary buildings in Hesse, it uncovers backgrounds and makes them tangible. The spectrum ranges from Ernst May’s Frankfurt residential house to the Biblis nuclear power plant, Metzendorf’s buildings for the Odenwald School, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt barracks in Neustadt, and the Zoological Garden of Frankfurt. It shows that modern surroundings rest upon architects whose different visions of man and society—cast in stone, concrete, steel, or glass—continue to shape our everyday lives significantly up until today.
The clear structuring according to building types, as well as many images, maps and floor plans, make the volume stimulating reading.