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German architect Oswald Ungers dies aged 81

One of Germany’s most influential post-war architects, Oswald Mathias Ungers, has died

One of Germany’s most influential post-war architects, Oswald Mathias Ungers, has died at the age of 81.

As well as opening practices in the 1950s in Cologne and Berlin, Ungers also taught architecture in Berlin and Dusseldorf and at Cornell University, the University of California, and Harvard University in the United States.

But it was for his work designing some of Europe’s most famous museums – including a commission in 2000 to restore Berlin’s Pergamon Museum – that Ungers was best known.

Other projects included Cologne's Wallraf-Richartz Museum, an annex for contemporary art at Hamburg's Kunsthalle, the German Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt, and libraries in Karlsruhe and Cologne.

Ungers was also an avid collector of art, books and architectural models, and the author of several volumes on architectural theory.

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