Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 38–53 | Cite as

The Fire Tower

  • Elena Marchetti
  • Luisa Rossi Costa
Research Articles


The Fire Tower was a project by Johannes Itten, one of the most important exponents of the Bauhaus movement. The aim of this paper is to describe the shape of The Fire Tower with the language of linear algebra and give a virtual reconstruction, in order to understand how Itten managed to concretise his strong mathematical intuition in an artistic form, even though he was unable to formalise it entirely with adequate instruments.


Elena Marchetti Luisa Rossi Costa the fire tower Johannes Itten Bauhaus architecture Weimar school algebraic modeling of solids spiral geometry 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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