Alfred Hensel

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAlexander Carl Franz Alfred•Hensel
Used nameAlfred•Hensel
Born8 March 1880 in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (GER)
Died15 September 1969 in Nürnberg, Bayern (GER)
NOC Germany
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


The horticultural architect Alfred Hensel worked in Nuremberg from 1922-45 as the director of the Parks Department. During this time he mainly constructed small allotment sites and parks in addition to sports facilities. His book “The Nuremberg Stadium in the Sports and People’s Park on the Zeppelin Field. A Description of its Construction.” was published in 1929. The entire complex of the Nuremberg stadium also comprised a forest park, sun and air bathing facilities, a nature theater and dance ring, 12 tennis courts, a main fight arena, four football training grounds with running tracks, a 100 m swimming pool, a paddling pool and a sun bath café. The Nuremberg stadium was built in 1925-28, inaugurated in June 1928 and provided room for 50,000 spectators. A special feature is its octagonal floor plan. The grandstand with the seats was designed by Otto Ernst Schweizer in the Bauhaus style. The roof collapsed during rebuilding measures in the late 1980s. For the construction plans of the Nuremberg stadium Hensel received the gold medal at the 1928 Art Competitions of Amsterdam. After 1933 he worked closely with Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer in the design of the Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg. During World War II Hensel promoted vegetable growing on urban green areas for food procurement.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Art Competitions GER Alfred Hensel
Architecture, Designs For Town Planning, Open (Olympic) 1 Gold