The Konsum Building

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The Törten Estate in Dessau was built on the edge of the town, so some distance from shops and facilities. So Gropius designed a building for the local consumer co-operative society  – the Konsumverein, or Konsum. It was built in 1928 during the final third stage of the estate development.

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The flat one-storey section was designated to a central grocery store, which was connected to a butcher’s shop and a bakery on either side by folding walls. The five-storey section contained staff rooms and three apartments.

Today, the Konsum Building is used as a visitors’ centre for the Törten Estate as well as apartments and a dentist’s surgery.