Kaspar Kraemer

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Kaspar Kraemer (born August 20, 1949 in Braunschweig ) is a German architect . From 2001 to 2007 he was President of the Association of German Architects BDA , based in Berlin, for three terms in office .


Kraemer was born in Braunschweig as the son of the architect and university professor Friedrich Wilhelm Kraemer . After graduating from Wilhelm-Gymnasium , he studied architecture from 1969 to 1976 at the Technical University of Darmstadt and at the ETH Zurich . Before joining his father's architecture office (Kraemer, Sieverts and Partner, KSP , Braunschweig and Cologne), he went to Yale University in the USA for a year of study . In 1985, when his father stopped working as an architect at the age of 78, he became a partner in KSP. In 1998 he left the community and in July 1999 opened his own office Kaspar Kraemer Architects BDA (KKA) in Cologne . Kraemer is involved in a variety of voluntary work in the city of Cologne and in the BDA , which he also chaired for many years. He is often appointed as a judge in competitions.

Office and home

Office in the rebuilt Palais Am Römerturm 3 (Photo: 2017)

A city palace at Am Römerturm 3, which was rebuilt in the classicist style in 1820-22 using an older monastery building, is used as an office and residential building. In 1972 Friedrich Wilhelm Kraemer acquired the building, which had been destroyed down to the surrounding walls in World War II, and rebuilt it in the old style. Like his father, Kraemer feels obliged to the classicistic, harmonious building principle. During the reconstruction, the old cellar vaults of the Poor Clare Monastery of St. Clara next to the Roman tower from 1306 under the building came into their own again. The Sancta-Clara-Keller has been used for social gatherings since then, but above all as a chamber music hall for concerts because of the good acoustics.

Work (selection)

Access through the foundation

Kraemer became known in Cologne through the construction of the Odysseum and the access structure to the tower of Cologne Cathedral through the foundations of the south tower. Both works have been awarded first prize in competitions. Kraemer is also known for his urban planning concepts such as the over-planning of the inner city of Brühl (2006), the current Buchler Garden project in Braunschweig, and the "Rheinpalais" on the Bonner Bogen . Office building architecture such as the administration building for Hochtief and RWE in Essen, as well as the Accenture Campus Kronberg, the embedding of office buildings in the landscape or the renovation of cultural buildings are part of the portfolio of the office. The pumping station on the Rhine in Cologne-Bayenthal , which can be illuminated differently depending on the occasion, is particularly successful, and the light color also indicates the water level. Unlike many of his colleagues, he advocated the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace and submitted his own proposal to the implementation competition.

Individual evidence

  1. Abitur year 1968. Website of the Wilhelm-Gymnasium Braunschweig. Accessed August 30, 2020.
  2. Description at Kölnarchitektur ( Memento from April 7, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Accenture office complex  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ), accessed in September 2012.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.campus-kronberg.de
  4. Barbara Schock-Werner: Poetics of the pumping stations on the banks of the Rhine. ksta.de, October 30, 2013, accessed on August 30, 2020.
  5. Schönhauser Strasse flood pumping station. Architecture guide Cologne. Accessed August 30, 2020.
  6. Color theory at the pumping station , Kölner Express, February 17, 2010. Accessed on August 30, 2020.
  7. Tirza Mühlan: "The modern age makes many shiver" BDA President Kaspar Kraemer argues for the reconstruction of castles. braunschweiger-zeitung.de, August 7, 2007, accessed on April 8, 2014.
  8. Kraemer's proposal 2008

Web links

Commons : Kaspar Kraemer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files