The Bauhaus Design of the Aspen Meadows
The Aspen Meadows Resort was designed by Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer over a period of 20 years, beginning in 1953 and ending in 1973. Following the success of the Goethe bicentennial convocation held in 1949, Walter Paepcke commissioned Bayer to transform 40 acres of farmland into a secluded destination where business executives and other leaders could meet and discuss the important issues of the day.
Bayer relied on the principles he had learned at the Bauhaus, an art school started by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany in 1919, to create a "total environment" for the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies campus - a full integration of art and form. He wanted visitors to the campus to be reminded of their relationship to nature, mind, and body.
The Guest Chalets, originally completed in 1954 and then fully renovated in the 1990s, are consistent with the Bauhaus principles of functionality, efficiency and simplicity. The six buildings have little ornamentation; they are made of concrete blocks and painted an unremarkable grey color with deliberate splashes of primary colors in the balcony dividers. The low, planar roofs, expanses of glass windows, and modest height are all consistent with the Bauhaus canon. The focus of the architecture is on the interior spaces, which bring the "outside, inside." The intention is to be comfortable, efficient, but not excessive. Inside each guest suite is a selection of original Bertoia Collection "Diamond Chairs" and Marcel Breuer "Laccio tables." The artwork is primarily by the world-renowned photographer, Ferenc Berko. Berko was the official photographer of the Aspen Institute and Music Festival starting in 1949.
For more information about the art and architecture on campus, the front desk can provide an informative "Art and Walking Guide." Regular tours of the art and architecture on campus are also offered.
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