Bruno Möhring, Swinemünder Brücke zu Berlin, 1902-1905, Fotografie, Erwerb 1979, © erloschen

Bruno Möhring

1863 Königsberg/Ostpreußen – 1929 Berlin

Parts of the estate of the architect Bruno Möhring were acquired by the Berlinische Galerie in 1979. This picture of the 228 metre long Swinemünder Bridge, built by Möhring and Friedrich Krause between 1902 and 1905, is taken from the loose-leaf collection “Stone and Iron“. This compendium appeared between 1903 and 1909 and comprises photographs of technical constructions in the fields of industry and transport. Möhring studied at the University of Technology in Berlin-Charlottenburg, but theoretical work had little appeal for him. His first experience with building practice was between 1888 and 1890 in the Berlin Offices for Civil Engineering. Here he applied himself to a study of building construction and materials and soon began working independently. He made a name for himself with presentation drawings for the Chicago World Exhibition in 1893 and with competition work in the field of bridge building. He won the competition for the Rhine Bridge in Bonn and also built the Mosel Bridge in Traben-Trarbach. His work in Berlin, in addition to the steel bridge in Swinemünder Straße, included the main railway station and the viaduct in Bülowstraße. Möhring was responsible for the general development plan for Greater Berlin in 1910 (together with Rudolf Eberstadt and Richard Petersen), and the development plans for the Südgelände in Schöneberg and for the central district of Berlin-Treptow. His competition design for the German Embassy in Washington succeeded in winning first prize against 270 competitors. After the First World War, Möhring became increasingly concerned with questions of urban development and edited the journal “Stadtbaukunst“. He held numerous political offices, was considered one of the most prominent personalities among the older generation of German architects and well-known for his opposition to “cliques”.

Material: Plans, drawings, water colours, photographs, printed work (c. 150 items)

 

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