Tuesday, January 17, 2006
The Hafen area in Düsseldorf. A twenty year development project that brought back to life an urban area totally fallen into disgrace, neglect and ruin. These days is a bustling media hub also popular with tourists as several international hotels are located here as well as many great restaurants - well at least as far as German culinary requirements go. Its main area is dominated by refurbished old art deco buildings mixed with brand new architecture. While highly eclectic the result is powerful and solid as one would indeed expect a port area to be. In the middle of this dock the squat building is the Ogilvy and Mather HQ for D.
Düsseldorf Hafen Area. This is one of the recent additions to the port. The three buildings designed by Gehry are supposed to represent the human dimension of the port as a memento of what it used to be and still is but in different times with a totally different merchandise. Today a media hub, Düsseldorf's Rhine Hafen was a bustling port.
The three buildings commissioned to Ghery represent in turn the ships, the white tall building, the bridges, cranes and the water reflecting the port's activity, the silver metal coated building, and finally the massive red brick building stands for the crates and containers piled up in the docks ready to be loaded on ships. Not bad as it stands a bit far from his usually spectacular buildings as in Bilbao or LA.