Bauhaus (company)

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Founded 1960 (1960)
Headquarters Zug, Switzerland
Area served Europe
Bauhaus store in Wuppertal, Germany.

Bauhaus is a Swiss retail chain offering products for home improvement, gardening and workshop. The name contains the German words bauen (to build) and Haus (house), but also alludes to the famous modernist Bauhaus school and style of the period between the First and Second World Wars. Its first store opened in Mannheim, Germany in 1960. It has 190 stores and franchises in many countries, including Austria, Bulgaria (Q1 2012), the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Montenegro (planned), Norway, Serbia (2012), Slovakia (planned 2013), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.

The chain is a sponsor of the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT), including the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup competitions, along with the FIBT World Championships. On 22 October 2009, it was announced that the company would be the title sponsor for the 2009–10 Ski Jumping World Cup.[1]


In 2009, Monitor, an investigative German TV format produced by ARD, revealed that the Bauhaus management used the term "contaminated by works councils" (German: betriebsratsverseucht) to refer to chain stores with an active works council taking care of the employees' interests. Subsequently, betriebsratsverseucht was chosen as the German Un-Word of the Year by a jury of linguistic scholars, who thus criticized the presumed inhuman attitude of the Bauhaus management towards its subordinates.[2]