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Hohenhof in Hagen

the hagen impulse

What is the „Hagen Impulse“?

The “Hagen Impulse” refers to the period from 1900 to 1921, when Hagen was one of the most impor-tant centers for the artistic reform movement and the place where the avant-garde of architects promoted the further development of Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) into functional design forms with their constructions, which then led to Bauhaus.

Eleven important stations in Hagen for the Hagen impulse and becoming familiarized with the Bauhaus style

Station 1

Osthaus Museum Hagen, 1902

Outside still with many historical elements, inside already organically designed by Henry van de Velde. The Osthaus Museum in Hagen illustrates the transition from Art Nouveau to the modern era.

Station 2

Hohenhof, 1908

The Hohenhof altogether is one of the rarest total works of art. The design of the entire unit by Henry van de Velde was completely thought out – up to the smallest detail (the stairs, carpets, dishes, cutlery, lamps, etc.)

Station 3

Stirnband Artist Colony, 1910-1914

Artist colony with nine residential homes by Johannes Ludovico Mathieu Lauweriks. Each house was designed individually, but altogether they form a unit with the recurring material and a pervading meander design on the facades. Architecture based on a measuring system.

Station 4

Villa Cuno, 1909/1910

Residential home for the lord mayor at that time, Willy Cuno von Peter Behrens. Designed according to strict simplicity. Functions become visible.  

Station 5

Waldor workers‘ housing estate, 1907

A settlement for workers in the Elbers textile factory by Richard Riemerschmid. Each family was given such a small home of their own with a garden to use.

Station 6

Crematorium in Delstern, 1907

Strict geometrical-stereometrical architecture by Peter Behrens.

Station 7

Schenker Forwarding Company, 1911

A shipping company, built by the Ludwigs brothers. The expressionistic brick building with geometrical decorative elements with symbolic character arises from a national stone base: a globe for transport around the world, two bas-reliefs with kneeing figures with wheels and wing wands as a symbol of trade and commerce.

Station 8

Cuno settlement, 1926/27

Functionally designed residential settlement built under the supervision of Ewald Figge. Terrace gardens, staircases and dry-stone walls as well as sculptures and artistically designed reliefs give the housing settlement an individual touch.

Station 9

Old municipal bath Haspe, 1929

Built by Günther Oberste-Berghaus. Drawing on the modular design system developed by Bauhaus, cubes with different sizes were stacked next to and behind each other in a convoluted manner.

Station 10

Christian-Rohlfs Upper Secondary School, 1929

Built by Günther Oberste-Berghaus. A cubic unit based on Bauhaus on a curved ground plan, which follows the swing of the Ennepe river: a symmetrically arranged construction.

Station 11

Voltage Transformation Station Voerder Straße, 1927

Built as a voltage transformation station by Emil Günther, who promoted electrification at that time. A three-layered cubic clinker construction. Regarded as one of the most important preserved technical buildings from the Bauhaus period in the Hagen region. Very consistent design of the building structure.

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