Bruno Taut

Bruno Taut

Part of


  • O.M. Ungers (collector)
  • Bruno Taut (creator)
  • Bruno Taut (architect)
  • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


Bruno Taut

Dates of creation

between 1919 and 1920

Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 25 textual records
  • 5 drawings

Scope and Content

Series documents the contribution of architect Bruno Taut to the correspondence circle of Die gläserne Kette. Bruno Taut participated under the pseudonym Glas.

Born in 1880 in Königsberg, Germany, Bruno Taut studied architecture at the Bauwerkschule in Königsberg. After working in architectural firms from 1903 to 1909, he worked in partnership with Franz Hoffman and later with his brother Max Taut. Bruno Taut undertook various architectural projects including housing projects, public commissions, and later projects for universities and schools. In 1918, he founded the Arbeisrat für Kunst, a union of architects, painters, writers and other artists based in Berlin and dedicated to bring architectural and artisit tendencies of the time to a broader public. This union also involved some members of the Die gläserne Kette circle. Between 1920 and 1921, Bruno Taut was editor to the magazine "Frühlich". He taught architecture at the Technische Hochschule at Berlin-Charlottenburg from 1930 to 1932, and undertook a working visit in Russia in 1932 to 1933. After spending time in Japan between 1933 and 1936 due to enforced emigration, he taught at the Academy of Arts in Istanbul. He died in Istanbul in 1938. (Source: Ian Boyd Whyte, Bruno Taut and the Architecture of Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982)

This series comprises part of Bruno Taut's correspondence to the Die gläserne Kette circle, along with related drawings and documents. The series also includes photographic materials of some of his architectural projects.

Reference Number


Related units of description

  • The CCA collection contains other works by Bruno Taut (approximately 10 objects, including photographs and portfolios).


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    • Reference Number: DR1988:0023:001-017
    • Title: Material from Bruno Taut mostly for Die gläserne Kette
    • Dates of creation: printed between 1919 and 1920
    • Form: drawings, textual records, graphic materials
    • Catalogued items within this file 17


    • Bruno Taut (draughtsman)
    • Bruno Taut (correspondence writer)
    • Unidentified member of Die gläserne Kette (correspondence writer)
    • Bruno Taut (author)
    • Die gläserne Kette (correspondence writers)
    • Wenzel Hablik (correspondence writer)
    • Paul Goesch (correspondence writer)
    • Max Taut (correspondence writer)
    • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


    Part of a miscellaneous group of visual and textual documents collected by Oswald Mathais Ungers, apparently to represent the work of artists/architects in Die gläserne Kette. This group includes both text and drawings from Die gläserne Kette, as well as other correspondence. Texts are mostly reprographic copies of letters, with a few typescripts and manuscripts. The documents were accessioned as received in a grey folder inscribed with Taut's name and pseudonum and including a smaller paper folder inscribed "Not published."

    Quantity / Object type:

    17 file(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawing
    • theoretical drawing

    Technique and media:

    Letters include carbon copies of typescript, one typescript, and pen and black ink; the illustrated letters and drawings are in photographic processes


    sheets (range [some irreg.]): 13,5 to 35,1 x 16,1 to 49,9 cm

    Drawing Type:

    • line drawings
    • sketches

    Document Type:

    • correspondence

    Method of Projection:

    • pictorial drawing

    Physical Description:

    - Some letters are joined by a metal fastener at the u.l. Some prints have been trimmed irregularly. Both DR1988:0023:002 and DR1988:0023:008 have the same letterhead. All of the ten reproductions of letters, carbon copies of letters and letters are one page in length, except DR1988:0023:012:001-004, which has four pages.


    signed - by the author, correspondent or draughtsman, in pen and black ink or purple pencil, on many of the reprographic copies and on many of the originals, in various locations: with "Bruno Taut"; "Glas"; "GLAS"; "Glasgruss"; "Taut"; or "B.T." dated - by the author, correspondent or draughtsman, in pen and black ink or typescript, on many of the originals and reprographic copies, usually in u.r. or l.r.: with day, month, and year inscribed - by the author or correspondent, in graphite, on some of the reprographic copies, in various locations: with corrections to the text imprinted - on DR1988:0023:002, possibly in letterpress, u.l.: "IN BÜROGEMEINSCHAFT: / BRUNO TAUT / MAX TAUT / FRANZ HOFFMANN / ARCHITEKTEN ..." inscribed - on DR1988:0023:015, by the correspondent, in pen and black ink, u.l.: "Glas! ..." inscribed - on DR1988:0023:015, by an unknown hand, in graphite, u.r.: "Max! ..." inscribed - on DR1988:0023:017, by an unknown hand, on the original, u.r.: "Diese Kopie: Original grüpe der ZeidD g."




    • architecture

    Subject Descriptive Terms:

    • school (building)
    • church
    • theoretical architecture
    • fantastic architecture
    • Expressionism
    • theoretical school

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:


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