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Hamburg Chilehaus (#2971)

Hamburg Chilehaus (#2971)
I had never heard of Chilehaus and it was not mentioned in any guides that I used, I just happened to notice it when wandering around Speicherstadt. The vaguely chocolate color and the lines along the walkways on the top level looked interesting from afar, so I came over to investigate. My pictures do not begin to capture the beauty of the building, or the other buildings near it. The harmony in the lines, the colors (sort of like a chocolate/mint ice cream with white flakes), and the intricacy of the detail, were quite captivating. Hopefully the next few photos convey at least some sense of it.

Per the Wikipedia page (link below), it was finished in 1924 and is considered to be an exceptional example of 1920's Brick Expressionism. The building has a reinforced concrete structure and the outer walls are dark Oldenburg bricks. The Wikipedia page has an aerial view where you can see that the building is quite large and shaped roughly like a ship. Wikipedia:

There is also a UNESCO page with excellent detail on the design of this building and other nearby buildings:

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Your beautiful capture was admired in Historical & Architectural Gems.
2 years ago.
ୱ Kiezkickerde ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
ୱ Kiezkickerde ( ͡°…
Also here the url has changed to :o)
2 years ago.
What an interesting structure. Chicago considers itself (with good reason, I feel) a center of innovative architecture, but this is far different from anything that was happening here at that time. I'd love to see this one.

Actually, this series makes me want to see Hamburg, a place I've never thought much about. It has a fascinating look.
2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Clint
My one day there was quite rewarding, I'll give it some more time in the future.
2 years ago.