Here is Düsseldorf, a cutting-edge city with an amazing collection of buildings created by internationally acclaimed architects.
An important shipping port city from the late Roman Empire all the way until the Second World War. However, the second half of the 20th Century was not that fertile for Düsseldorf as the manufacturing and transport economy declined. Nowadays, Düsseldorf harbour replaced the former warehouses and silos with some spectacular postmodern architecture turning it into one the most modern and attractive part of the city. Or at least it is for me as the area which has been remodelled the most to relaunch it as a district of technological innovation.
Here you can find a selection of the most recent architecture of Düsseldorf. The most famous buildings in the new harbour surely are three twisted constructions designed by the Canadian architect Frank Gehry, spiralling and stretching up high in his well-recognisable Deconstructivist style.
Enjoy this architecture guide of Düsseldorf and make good use out of it.
Ps. as you can see from these photos down below it’s an absolute must to stroll along the banks of the river Rhine until you get to the Media Harbour during sunset.
NEUER ZOLLHOF |FRANK GEHRY|
Known even as ‘the Gehry’s buildings’, these three contrasting buildings are an iconic landmark in Düsseldorf’s architecture scene. All together they appear like a sinuous sculpture whilst the different facade cladding – white plaster, red brick and polished stainless steel – give each building its own identity.
Fun fact: originally the architectural design competition for the site was won by Zaha Hadid however never commissioned due to the project’s high cost.
Gehry-Bauten, Neuer Zollhof 3, 40221 Düsseldorf
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RHINE TOWER |HARALD DEILMANN|
The Rhine Tower, designed by Harald Deilmann and inaugurated in 1981, is surely the most known landmark of Düsseldorf and still remains its highest building. This concrete telecommunications tower is also the largest digital clock in the world conceived as a light installation. So you can see yellow lights which are arranged in a vertical line and indicate the time while the hours, minutes and seconds are divided by horizontal red lights. At the height of 172 metres an observation deck allows you a great view of the city so don’t miss that! Plus the restaurant ‘Top 180’ rotates around the shaft of the tower once every hour. How cool is that!
Stromstraße 20, 40212 Düsseldorf
The Rheinkniebrücke bridge is a beautiful cable-stayed bridge over the Rhine in the Harbour district. Built in 1969, based on plans by Friedrich Tamms it is one of the most photographed landmarks of the city.
COLORIUM |WILL ALSOP|
If you keep walking in Mediahafen you can’t visually miss Colorium. The curtain wall of this tower is formed of a multicoloured patchwork of glass panels that turns it into a mosaic artwork. And if you know other Will Alsop’s realisations you can notice that he frequently uses primary, bright colours on its facades (check his CHIPS building in Manchester). It is an office development but you can take the lift up to the View restaurant to enjoy a nice view over the Harbour.
Speditionstraße 9, 40221 Düsseldorf
HYATT REGENCY |JSK ARCHITECTS|
Speditionstraße 19, 40221 Düsseldorf
GAP 15 |JSK ARCHITECTS|
Graf-Adolf-Platz 15, 40213 Düsseldorf
So many places to stop for some shopping. As usual don’t forget to look up, look at staircases and escalators!
Added in 2002, this new museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The glazed domed roof that you can see even from the entrance hall is just beautiful. The art installation ‘in orbit’ of Tomás Saraceno surely is its highlight!
Ständehausstraße 1, 40217 Düsseldorf
DERAG LIVINGHOTEL DE MEDICI
Just a quick suggestion for everyone who likes staircases, Renaissance period inspired.
Mühlenstraße 31, 40213 Düsseldorf
DÜSSELDORF CENTRAL STATION
KÖ-BOGEN |DANIEL LIBESKIND|
Kö-Bogen is another architectural landmark in the city. It’s a multi-use complex with plenty of retail spaces, offices, restaurants and even beautifully designed green courtyards. Well it’s easy to notice its main feature. One of its facades is literally defined by cuts, as the established Daniel Libeskind signature style. This action creates geometrical patterns that are filled with plants creating a sort of hanging mini-gardens.
Königsallee 2, 40212 Düsseldorf
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DREISCHEIBENHAUS |HPP ARCHITECTS|
An administrative tower born as ThyssenKrupp headquarters that became an icon of German post-war modernism architecture. It’s simple in its compact and slim floor plan with a very striking and sleek curtain wall façade and a stainless steel cladding on the sides. In 2011 HPP Architects was commissioned for its refurbishment that led the firm to win the MIPIM Award 2015 in the Best Refurbished Building Category. Plus I’ve been lucky enough to get to see the entire city of Düsseldorf from its roof terrace and the view is just amazing, specially looking over Kö–Bogen.
Dreischeibenhaus, August-Thyssen-Straße 1, 40211 Düsseldorf
SCHAUSPIELHAUS |BERNHARD PFAU|
TONHALLE |HPP ARCHITECTS|
The Tonhalle is a stunning concert hall which was originally constructed as a planetarium by German architect Wilhelm Kreis. Converted later in the 1970s and renovated by Hentrich-Petschnigg & Partner (HPP) Architects to give it a more modern feel and solve some acoustic problems. Unfortunately I can’t show you my photos but check the links below to see the interiors. It’s unbelievably beautiful. Just so you know, the Tonhalle was awarded as Building of the Year in 2009.
Ehrenhof 1, 40479 Düsseldorf
Rochusmarkt 5, 40479 Düsseldorf
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Now a couple of things I want to ask you.
First of all, have you been in Düsseldorf? If so let me know writing a comment down here. I want to know what you think of it.
And if you know the city maybe you even know other interesting or remarkable places that I should add?
I collected here everything regarding architecture to visit that you wouldn’t normally find in an ordinary travel guide. My intention is to make it useful for all the architecture lovers out there so if you have suggestions just write me and let me know.
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