Rolf Ramcke. Zweckfigur wird Ornament

Bauten und Projekte

Christoph Tempel
With texts by Katja Stopka, Rolf Ramcke


24.5 x 29.1 cm

408 pages with approx. 220 col. and b/w and plans


ISBN 978-3-86859-234-4



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Hannover, the German flagship city for urban planning in the post-war era, in the early nineteen-sixties: a young architect—Rolf Ramcke—took up a post in the design department of the building authority and was entrusted with his first assignments. He created a kindergarten, which caused a stir owing to its exceptional gestural architectural concept. The building for the State Academy for Music and Theater, the Vahrenheide house of the open door, and later the restructuring of the old town hall, followed in quick succession, along with numerous other projects.
This monograph brings together the major works by the architect Rolf Ramcke, which he designed with few exceptions as the appointed architect of the municipality of Hannover. It presents the buildings through texts, plans, sketches, and contemporary photographs. The presentation is rounded off by three discussions with the architect, as well as an essay on his university teaching and texts by the architect himself.

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