Gerd Lohmer

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Gerd Lohmer (born September 11, 1909 in Cologne ; † September 6, 1981 there ) was a German architect who made a name for himself primarily through his involvement in bridge construction .


Lohmer initially worked as a sculptor until an illness forced him to be bedridden for two years. During this time he first dealt with the design of bridges. Lohmer studied until 1936 Architecture at the Technical University of Aachen , the Technical University of Munich and the Technical University of Stuttgart , at the latter at Paul Bonatz in which he for the study worked from March 1936 until his conscription into the army in February 1942nd While designing the Rodenkirchen motorway bridge, he met the civil engineer Fritz Leonhardt , with whom he later built numerous bridges.

In the years after the Second World War , in which many important, destroyed bridges were rebuilt, Lohmer was able to use the skills he had acquired and was involved in the architectural design of important bridge structures. In addition to Leonhardt, Ulrich Finsterwalder , another outstanding civil engineer, was one of his frequent cooperation partners. Lohmer became the only German architect specializing in bridges.

In 1963 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Technical University of Aachen and he received the Great Art Prize for Architecture of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia .



Lohmer contributed to the design of three of the eight Rhine bridges in Cologne:

He was also involved in the design and implementation of the Nibelungen Bridge in Worms (1950–1953) and the Fehmarnsund Bridge on the Baltic Sea (1960–1963). Mention should also be made of the Lenneberg high street in Mainz with the Mainz-Mombach junction on the bridge (1962–1964), the Konrad-Adenauer bridge in Bonn (1967–1972), the Düsseldorf-Flehe Rhine bridge (1976–1979) in Düsseldorf and Bendorfer Bridge near Koblenz (1960–1965), the Blombachtal Bridge over the A 1 in Wuppertal (1957–1959), the pedestrian bridge in Schierstein Harbor in Wiesbaden (1966/1967) and the new superstructure of the Mangfall Bridge near Rosenheim (1958–1960 ).


  • Gerd Lohmer: Bridge building art. In: Bauwelt , vol. 56, 1965, issue 12, pp. 331–344
  • Gerd Lohmer: Bridge aesthetics - bridges from the architect's perspective. In: Der Deutsche Baumeister BDB , 34th year, 1973, Issue 3, pp. 162-169


Web links

Commons : Gerd Lohmer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Roland May: Pontifex maximus. The architect Paul Bonatz and the bridges. Monsenstein and Vannerdat , Münster iW 2011, ISBN 978-3-86991-176-2 , p. 479