"Architecture is the continuation of nature in its constructional act.(Karl Friedrich Schinkel)

Architectural Highlights


Neuer Zollhof, Düsseldorf, Germany

Gehry-Buildings Neuer Zollhof, Medienhafen, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Neue Zollhof in Düsseldorf, Germany is a group of three wounded buildings, designed in 1999 by the architect Frank Gehry, who as well designed the museum Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain. Each of the three buildings has a different "floating" surface. One is made of white plaster, the second made of red bricks. The third one, shown on the photo, has a surface of reflecting metal. The three office buildings offer room of 10.000 m².

 

Link: Wikipedia

 

Photo: 

Title: Gehry-metal

Location: Am Handelshafen 30, 40221 Düsseldorf, Germany

GPS 51.215971, 6.758055

Camera: Canon EOS 700D

Lens: Sigma 17-70mm

Dae: June 21, 2014, 4:32pm

Exif: 17mm, f/22, ISO 125, 1/125 sec. 

© Christian Twehues

Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Titanic Museum, Belfast, Nordirland

The Titanic Museum in Belfast was designed by the architect Eric Kuhne and Associates. It was built for the Titanic Museum which offers a permanent exhibition about Belfast, its history, the dockyards, and the rise and fall of the world's biggest passenger ship at its time. The 100 Mill. Euro museum was constructed at the place of the former dockyards, where Titanic was built. The museum opened in 2012, exactly 100 years after the most famous ship disaster in history in 1912. The form of the building reminds of a ship hull. 

 

Link: Wikipedia

 

Photo: 

Titlel: Titanic Museum

Location: 1 Olympic Way, Queen's Road BT3 9EP, Vereinigtes Königreich

GPS 54.608123, -5.910279

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Date: August 15, 2015, 11:39am

Exif: 24mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/320 sec. 

© Christian Twehues

Kranhäuser, Cologne, Germany

Kranhäuser, Crane Houses, Rheinauhafen, Cologne, Germany

The "Kranhäuser" (Crane houses)  in Cologne is a group of three houses, 60m high, 70m long and 30m wide. The design of the architect Alfons Linster from Aachen and the architect office Bothe, Richter, Teherani (BRT) from Hamburg was realized between 2006 and 2010. Starting at a height of 40m an arm of the building is leading far over the steel lattice formwork towards river Rhein, only leaning on a small staircase made out of glass. The upside-down L-shaped form of the building reminds dockside cranes. House South and House 1 provide office space on 15 levels. House North is 18 levels high and offers 133 apartments with a total of 15.000 m².

 

Link: Wikipedia

 

Photo: 

Title: Kranhäuser in Köln

Location: Im Zollhafen 71, 50678 Köln, Germany

GPS 50.928515, 6.965322

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Date: January 10, 2016, 4:19pm

Exif: 24mm, f/11, ISO 100, 0,5 sec. +1 

© Christian Twehues

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany

he „Elbphilharmonie“ (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) is a 108m tall concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, inaugurated in January 2017. A modern construction with a blue glass front was built on top of the former storage house “Kaispeicher”, built in 1963. Elphi, as the building is called by Hamburg residents, was designed by the architect office Herzog & de Meuron and was planned as the new symbolic landmark of Hamburg City. Construction started in 2007. Original plan was to finish the building in 2010, but the completion date had to be postponed several times. When finally finished in 2016 the total cost of the concert hall had exploded to 866 Mio Euro, 11 times more than the initially planned 77 Mio Euro. Annual operating costs are at 7.2 Mio Euro. A cleansing of the glass front which is required three times per year, costs 52,000€. In the inauguration year 2017, 850,000 people visited the philharmonic hall. The acoustics of the concert hall were simulated and optimized by using smaller models, a common procedure used for concert halls of this size. Still the sound is criticized by acousticians and conductors. In contrast to this the architecture of the building is highly praised by experts around the globe. Interesting architectural detail: the 82m long curved moving staircase, first of its kind in the world.

 

Link: Wikipedia

 

Photo: 

Title: Crystal

Location: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

GPS 53.541323, 9.984129

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS

Date: June 4, 2016  12:06 noon

Exif: 50mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/320 sec. 

© Christian Twehues

Casa do Penedo, Várzea Cova, Portugal

Casa do Penedo, Várzea Cova, Portugal

“Casa do Penedo” (Stone House) was built in the middle of four large natural boulders, which serve as foundation, walls and ceiling of the house. The architectural specialty is located in the north of Portugal between Celorico de Basto and Fafe. The building was constructed from 1972 until 1974. Initially used as a holiday residence, today it is a small museum and a growing tourist attraction.

 

Link: Wikipedia

 

Photo: 

Title: Carved in Stone

Location: Portugal, Moreira do Rei, Portugal

GPS 41.488292, -8.067699

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZE

Date: March 17, 2017, 6:07pm

Exif: 100mm, f/2, ISO 100, 1/8000 sec. 

© Christian Twehues

Escape Tower, Binz, Germany

Former Escape Tower, Binz, Germany

The escape tower #1 of the lifeguard in Binz, Germany was designed by the architect Ulrich Müther. The experimental building consists of two 3-5cm thick concrete shells and offers a 25 m² open space inside. It is located directly at the beach promenade. Constant wind and weather lead to a strong abrasion of the surface, which requires constant maintenance. The last major reconstruction took place in 2018. At this occasion also windows, heating, and ventilation were exchanged in favor of an improved indoor climate. All measures are in line with the original historic style of the German Democratic Republic. The building is a listed monument today and is used by the civil registry office of Binz for weddings. The location and open view for sure offer unforgettable impressions to the wedding party guests.

 

Link: ruegenmagic.de

 

Photo: 

Title: Wedding chapel

Location: Strandpromenade, 18609 Binz, Germany

GPS 54.399389, 13.620268

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS

Date: September 8, 2017  1:36pm

Exif: 55mm, f/4, ISO 100, 1/640 sec. 

© Christian Twehues

Parking Katwijk, The Netherlands

Parking Katwijk, Under the dunes, The Netherlands

The city of Katwijk in the Netherlands tried to kill two birds with one stone. On the one hand side the town required a new coast protection, on the other hand side more parking facilities for the increasing number of tourists were needed. They contracted the architects of the project planning office Royal Haskoning DHV (Amersfoort). The result is impressive. A 500 m long parking car park with 663 positions was installed underground into the dyke in front of the dunes. The curved access points with glass fronts provide an optimal fit into the landscape. The car park is actually invisible from the beach. The project won the award for the integration of coast protection and parking lot into landscape and village. In 2016 it was awarded the building of the year in the Netherlands. 

 

Link: archdaily.com

 

Photo: 

Title: Hobbit Hole

Location: Boulevard 21-23, 2225 HC Katwijk aan Zee, Niederlande

GPS 52.203041, 4.392245

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS

Date: March 4, 2019  6:55pm

Exif: 16mm, f/9, ISO 400, 1.3 sec. 

© Christian Twehues

Eden Project, England

Eden Project, Bodelva, England, GB, Dome, Biome, world biggest greenhouses

Eden Project is a botanic garden in Cornwall, England, close to St Austell. The site was constructed into a former clay pit, which operated more than 160 years at this location. The two greenhouses provide different temperate zones. They are at present the biggest greenhouses of the world. Both biomes consist of four geodesic domes. The construction was designed in 1995 by the British architect Nicholas Grimshaw. The supporting structure by Anthony Hunt. The biomes were built by Mero. The domes are covered by hexagonal panels made from thermoplastic. With a height of 50 m and a diameter of 125 m, the self-supporting structure spans a surface of 23,000 m². Eden Project opened to the public on March 17, 2001.  

 

Link: Wikipedia

 

Photo: 

Title: Eden Project

Location: Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG, GB

GPS 50.360134, -4.744541

Camera: Canon EOS M6

Lens: EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Date: September 9, 2019  3:40pm

Exif: 15mm, f/8.0, ISO 100, 1/640 sec. 

© Christian Twehues


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