Leipzig has the largest number of buildings in the style of international modernism in Saxony. The influence of Art Deco was very strong in the city and the city planner Hubert Ritter found it difficult to implement his ideas of cost-saving houses with reduced architectural forms.

Leipzig's best-known example of municipal housing is the "Rundling" housing estate. Also single family houses for private investors were built, bigger buildings for administration like the headquarters of the Consumers' co-operative (Konsumzentrale) as well as churches. Apart from a few buildings in the centre of Leipzig, the buildings from the interwar period are scattered throughout the city and are often to be found off the beaten track.