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    Concrete Love: The Böhm Family


    Courtesy of Böhm

    Architecture was embedded in his DNA, passed down by his father and grandfather, and design became his passion. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Gottfried Böhm, a healer and rebuilder, worked with the Society for the Reconstruction of Cologne under architect Rudolf Schwarz after the Second World War. His projects mostly portrayed molded concrete in the earlier part of his career, but technical advancements in steel and glass led him to incorporate those materials later on.

    At 94 years old, Böhm continues working every day on construction projects with his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul. They operate their offices from within the same family home.

    Having an architect father, grandfather, wife and three out of four sons, Böhm’s life exhibits rich history and culture through building. Struck by the Böhm family’s ways of seamlessly melding their personal and professional lives, Cologne-born filmmaker Maurizius Staerkle Drux gets inside the architect’s home and takes us on a Böhm journey in his film Concrete Love.

    You can pre-order a copy here or find out where the film will be screening next here.

    Watch the preview of the video below:

    About the Author

    Erin Tallman is a journalist and the Editor in Chief for ArchiExpo e-magazine. She contributes to other online publications and, as an author, has already published her first novel.

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