Gottfried Böhm, 1920-2021


At the venerable age of 101, the German Gottfried Böhm passed away on 9 June. Belonging to a veritable lineage of Cologne architects – he was the grandson, son, and later husband and father of professionals in the field – Böhm began his career following the footsteps of his father, Dominikus, although his early calling had been sculpture, an inclination that shines through in his monolithic buildings of chiseled forms. He worked almost up to the very end and has left a generous repertoire of works that earned him the Pritzker Prize in 1986, prominent among which, echoing his father’s own renown for religious buildings, are the more than 60 churches he built throughout Germany.

For the centenary of Böhm’s birth, Arquitectura Viva published the article Un arquitecto escultor.

Deutsche Welle: Star architect Gottfried Böhm has died aged 101

The New York Times: Gottfried Böhm, Master Architect in Concrete, Dies at 101

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