Carl Krayl

Carl Krayl

Part of


  • O.M. Ungers (collector)
  • Carl Krayl (creator)
  • Carl Krayl (architect)
  • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


Carl Krayl

Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 18 drawings
  • 11 photographic material
  • 8 textual records

Scope and Content

Series documents the contribution of architect Carl Krayl to the correspondence circle of Die gläserne Kette, with Krayl writing under the pseudonym Anfang.

Born in 1890 in Weinsberg, Germany, Krayl worked on building sites between 1906 to 1909 in preparation for the architectural studies he would undertake from 1910 to 1912 at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the Polytechnikum at Stuttgart. He was employed as a military architect during the First World War and was stationed at Ingolstatd. After the war, Krayl joinded the Arbeitsrat für Kunst lead by Bruno Taut. Between 1919 to 1921 he contributed to "Frühlich", a magazine published by Taut which featured works by some members of Die Gläserne Kette. Krayl joined Bruno Taut in the city architecture department at Magdeburg. From 1923, he worked independently and executed private and public architectural projects. During the Nazi regime he worked as a draftsman for the German State Railway from 1938 to 1946. He died in 1946 in Werder an der Havel, Germany. (Source: Ian Boyd Whyte, Bruno Taut and the Architecture of Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982)

The series comprises part of Carl Krayl's correspondence to the Die gläserne Kette circle, along with related drawings and photographs.

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    • Reference Number: DR1988:0015:001-029 R/V
    • Title: Material from Carl Krayl mostly for Die gläserne Kette
    • Dates of creation: between 1918 and 1945
    • Form: drawings, textual records, graphic materials, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 29


    • Carl Krayl (author)
    • Carl Krayl (draughtsman)
    • Carl Krayl (architect)
    • L. Krayl (correspondence writer)
    • Bruno Taut (author)
    • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


    Part of a miscellaneous group of visual and textual documents collected by Oswald Mathias Ungers, apparently to represent the work of artists/architects in Die gläserne Kette. Primarily formal studies and other material relating to projects for buildings but also includes biographical material. Includes 17 drawings, 12 photographs, 9 prints, and 4 sheets of text. Most of the drawings are studies of architectonic massing of forms, a few are identified by project name, such as "Das Maler Haus" (the Painter's house) and the Christian Science Cathedral.

    Design of the subject of the photograph, drawing, or reproduction is attributed to Carl Krayl, following Ungers's attributions, unless otherwise stated. Many of the works in this group are inscribed with the name "Krayl" in blue ball-point pen; this might be the hand-writing of Frau L. Krayl who wrote the note on DR1988:0015:026 R/V.

    The photographs DR1988:0015:001 to DR1988:0015:006 are of the same model. Tim Benson has suggested that the model is a competition entry for changes to Alexanderplatz, Berlin (Shubert).

    DR1988:0015:007 to DR1988:0015:009 illustrate different views of the same plaster model.

    DR1988:0015:010 appears to be a photograph of a model for "Das Maler Haus", which is represented by the prints DR1988:0015:024 and DR1988:0015:025.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawings
    • design development drawings
    • theoretical drawings

    Technique and media:

    Drawings include graphite, and pen and black or green ink duplicates include reprographic copies and photomechanical, photographic, and unidentified processes, and some of the copies also have additions in other media including graphite, coloured pencil, and coloured felt pen textual documents include blue ball-point pen and mimeograph copy photographs include toned gelatin silver prints and gelatin silver prints, some with graphite and/or ink photographs include toned gelatin silver prints and gelatin silver prints, some with graphite and/or ink


    comps. (range [some irreg.]): 5 to 23,2 x 7,5 to 23,5 cm sheets (range [some irreg.]): 5,4 to 48,2 x 6,5 to 31,9 cm

    Drawing Type:

    • line drawings
    • doodles
    • sketches

    Document Type:

    • correspondence

    Method of Projection:

    • oblique drawing
    • pictorial drawing
    • plan (drawing)
    • elevations (drawings)
    • sketch elevations (drawings)

    Physical Description:

    All of the works in this group were acquired in a cardboard folder (retained) inscribed with Krayl's name, his pseudonym, "Anfang", and the name of the collector, Ungers. DR1988:0015:020:001 R/V to DR1988:0015:013 are 13 folios from a sketchbook. Many of the drawings overlap from the verso of one folio to the recto of the next, which suggests that they remain in the order in which the artist used them. DR1988:0015:017 and DR1988:0015:018 are drawn on the verso of book plates.


    signed or signed and dated - by the draughtsman ? in graphite or pen and black ink, on some of the originals, photomechanical prints, and reprographic copies, in various locations: with "Carl Krayl"; "C. Krayl"; "Krayl"; "Krayl 1920"; or "Krayl 21" inscribed - possibly by the draughtsman, in blue ball-point pen, on most of the originals, photomechanical prints, and reprographic copies, usually verso, l.r.: "Krayl" signed - on DR1988:0015:020:004 V and DR1988:0015:005 V, by the artist, in graphite, l.r. or u.r.: "ANFANG"




    • architecture

    Subject Descriptive Terms:

    • houses
    • museum
    • buildings
    • church
    • cathedral
    • cities
    • fantastic architecture
    • architectural models
    • Expressionism

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:


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