Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar

The Belgian architect and designer Henry van de Velde settled in Weimar in 1902, commissioned with improving the city’s facilities for studying the arts. A large part of his efforts here focused on establishing the School of Arts and Crafts in 1905/1906. 

Project data

Conversion/new-build: 2008 to 2010

Van de Velde Building

Usable space: 1,803 sqm

Architects: Pitz & Hoh, Berlin and Junk & Reich, Weimar

BACS planners: Ing.-Büro IPH Klawonn.Selzer, Weimar

SCHELL products: LINUS W-EH-M concealed wash basin tap, COMPACT HF urinal control, LINUS wash basin installation module

In 1954, the Van de Velde Building became the Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen (HAB) before changing its name to Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in 1996. The former art college building is now the University’s main building, while the former arts and crafts building provides both studio and teaching space for the Faculty of Design. This historical building has been part of the City of Weimar’s UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. During 2008 to 2010, the building underwent careful renovation and restructuring work. Many aspects protected by its listed building status needed to be accounted for here.

The sanitary facilities in the building now use the same, uniform design, with two fully accessible WC cubicles as well as three male and female WC cubicles.

SCHELL products

COMPACT II HF/LC urinal installation module The sanitary fittings also needed to match the Bauhaus style or carry out their functions as invisibly as possible. Other key criteria during the selection process included functionality, durability, simple upkeep and cleaning, drinking water hygiene, water/energy savings and contactless actuation for the urinals.

The fit-out planners and architects decided to install the LINUS wall outlet from SCHELL on the wash basins. The geometric contours of this fitting make it a perfect match for the minimalist and timeless architectonic environment.

With the COMPACT HF urinal control, requirements in relation to both usage and economic concerns could be perfectly matched to those regarding hygiene and aesthetic aspects. The modern HF urinal flush system triggers flushes reliably and automatically after each use, while saving water. The sensor module is attached to the rear of the urinal ceramics above the drain, which renders it invisible and so protected against wanton vandalism. Installation modules from SCHELL were used for the quick and reliable pre-wall installation of urinals and wash basins.