Concrete church architect Gottfried Boehm dies at 101
BERLIN (AP) – German architect Gottfried Boehm, famous for his Brutalist-style concrete churches, has died at the age of 101.
Boehm’s architectural office in Cologne confirmed his death on Thursday evening, but gave no cause.
Boehm, who was born in Offenbach in central Germany in 1920, built over 50 churches, many in his signature concrete style. He was one of the country’s most famous post-war architects and in 1986 he became the first German to receive the famous Pritzker Architecture Prize.
One of its best-known sacred buildings is the Catholic Pilgrimage Church of Mary, Queen of Peace, in Neviges, near the western city of Düsseldorf. Built in the Brutalist style and consecrated in 1968, the church has become famous for its irregular roof and forum-like interior.
Boehm also created other buildings such as the town hall in Bensberg near Cologne, a glass-and-steel-facade theater in Potsdam, and a pyramid-shaped public library in Ulm.
North Rhine-Westphalia State Governor Armin Laschet praised Boehm for his work.
“His unique architectural style made him famous around the world,” said Laschet, adding that Boehm leaves behind a “visible and awe-inspiring work of life.”