Otto Haesler, one of the most important architects of social housing estates in Germany
Architect Otto Haesler
Otto Haesler (1880-1962) was one of the greatest master builders of the 20th century with an international reputation. He worked as a freelance architect in Celle from 1906-1933.
His housing estates and buildings in the Bauhaus style characterise the landscape of Celle. His housing developments in Celle, Karlsruhe, Kassel and Rathenow (1926-1931) were among the most progressive and groundbreaking buildings of the Weimar Republic at the time.
Among the outstanding works by Haesler is the elementary school in Celle, built between 1926-1928. The school is still a showpiece today, due to its distinctive cubic exterior and its unique, supremely functional interior.
The originally preserved and furnished workers' Bauhaus apartment, a workers' apartment complete with 1950’s furnishings and refugee accommodation from 1945, are among the features that make this an exceptional and unique museum in Germany. You can also see an original wash and bath house built in 1931 and an extensive photo exhibition about life in a Bauhaus housing estate for workers.
Entry is free, contributions welcome