Bauhaus in Hong Kong


Germany’s Bauhaus school of art and design inspired architecture around the world for decades after its passing in 1933, and Hong Kong was no exemption. Numerous buildings erected in between 1950 and 1970 obeyed the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic the modernist movement supported.

Inaugurated in the German town of Weimar 100 years ago the Bauhaus academy turned the idea of how people look at art and design. A form follows function philosophy was the aim. The founder Walter Gropius and the final manager Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are viewed along with French Le Corbusier, as the originators of the modernist movement in architecture.

The school closed in 1933, but notwithstanding the short 14-year life it won many supporters and remains an influence in art, industrial design, typography, and architecture.

You can find the influence as well in Hong Kong. Like Bridge Street Market in Sheung Wan or Hong Kong City Hall and not to forget the General Post Office in Central.

A well known Bauhaus inspired estate, the Choi Hung Estate built in 1964 has its own popularity thanks to its rainbow-colored exteriors, which have made them an attraction for instagramers.

Bauhaus design went beyond architecture, its influence was felt in fields such as pottery art, painting, furniture. The aim was to unite all artistic disciplines under one roof and make good design affordable.

Places to find Bauhaus buildings in HK:

Bridges Street Market 1951

Garden Bakery And head office 1956

City Hall 1962

General Post Office 1976

Wong Ming Him Hall 1952

Hotung Secondary School 1953

Tang Lung Chau Market 1964