On 5 July 2015, UNESCO awarded World Heritage status to two sites in Hamburg: the Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) and the Kontorhausviertel (Office Building District). In the latter are two important brick buildings: Chilehaus and the Sprinkenhof, representative of the construction in the late 19th- and early 20th-century.
The Chilehaus was built by Fritz Höger for client Henry Sloman from 1922 to 1924 in the Kontorhausviertel as a prime example of German expressionist architecture using hard-fired brick. Höger undertook the project for Hamburg merchant and banker Sloman who made his fortune in importing nitrates from Chile. Built entirely to serve and complement the functions of the warehouses in neighbouring Speicherstadt, the Kontorhausviertel was the first dedicated office- and commercial-district on the European continent.
Chilehaus, northwest corner: Niedernstrasse at Depenau
Chilehaus, southwest corner: Pumpen at Messberg
Chilehaus, east ‘prow’: Burchardstrasse
Chilehaus, up the ‘prow’
Kontorhausviertel at night (on Burchardstrasse)
(Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below for an explanation of the map symbols.)
I made the photos above on 26 June 2010 and 3 December 2015. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-biH.
Above/featured: U Kasáren from Loretánská, Hradčany – 30 July 2016 (HL).
On a personal level, the impact of this city can’t be gauged, measured, or quantified. What I know is I’ve roamed this place over countless little cobblestones. The sum of all strides led me to jumping continents and traversing nations with steps as large as my imagination could entertain and overcome.
And so, after the twelfth, fifteenth, or twentieth visit (I’ve lost count), I look at these images and ask why I surrender to the pull, why I return, and why the Czech capital city feels familiar. It’s about the old and the new, a colourful combination replacing what I’ve lost and amplifying what I’ve gained.
Prague is a favourite place of return.
Daybreak and a halo for St. John of Nepomuk, Charles Bridge (Karlův most) – 28 July 2013 (HL).
Over the city to the west from the National Monument on Vítkov (Národní památník na Vítkově), Žižkov – 2 August 2013 (HL).
Metro line C commuters at Muzeum station, Vinohrady – 8 November 2016 (HL)
Dancing House (Tančící dům) with streaking northbound streetcar, Nové Město – 6 November 2016 (HL)
I wrote a “love letter” to Prague, which as many have discovered also includes “the night watch.”
I made all of the above images in 2013 and 2016. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bCs.