Employment Office (1929) in Dessau-Roßlau

Employment office by Walter Gropius in Dessau-Roßlau

Walter Gropius planned this building in the years 1928/29. Its former function as an employment office can still be read by a fading inscription (“Amt für Arbeit”). The building is an impressive example of how to align architecture to a process – in this case looking after job seekers. [German]

A look inside the building reveals the ingenious construction of the windows in the roof. The light is channelled through a glass false ceiling into the waiting areas and offices. If ventilation is required, individual areas of the false ceiling and the ceiling windows can be lifted simultaneously.

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