Haus Lange/Haus Esters villa ensemble
Formerly a private home; now a museum: the former homes of two silk factory owners, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, show temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and are among the finest examples of “new building” architecture in Germany. In April 2019, to mark the centenary of the Bauhaus, the villas will again be open to the public with a year-round programme with the theme: "Anders Wohnen. Entwürfe für Haus Lange und Haus Esters" (Different living. Designs for Haus Lange and Haus Esters)
The heart of the silk industry: the Verseidag building
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed his only industrial building for the Vereinigten Seidenwebereien AG, or Verseidag. The entire complex consists of different buildings that were completed between 1931 and 1939. With his designs, Mies van der Rohe became a pioneer, turning his back on the traditional red brick construction concept and creating a steel skeleton structure filled with pumice stone.
A walk-in sculpture presents the Bauhaus and industry
From April 2019, the collaboration between the textile industry and the Bauhaus, which continued for 40 years, will be documented in a work of art created especially for the purpose. In the walk-in “Pavillon” sculpture by Thomas Schütte, a short walk from the Haus Lange and Haus Esters, an exhibition takes visitors through the history of the Bauhaus and its important connection to Krefeld. Until the end of October 2019.