Ysilme (ysilme) wrote in photo_scavenger,

Creating the new old

We have been to a short trip to Hamburg, Germany last month. It is such a beautiful city, and the feeling of "new" permeates it everywhere. Most parts of even the old city center are new, built if not after the bombing of WWII after the Great Fire in 1842. Since nearly ten years, the City of Warehouses is a brand-new area of redevelopment where you find the most spectacular new buildings, situated in an awsome neighbourhood.

Take, for example, the city's most favourite bone of contention, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall:

It's the showcase project of the city with the intention of becoming its new landmark, and many deem it to be ugly as sin, while most - justifiably - complain about the huge amounts of money it's eating up. Personally, I find it very appealing.
Here is how you see it from "behind", from a quay in the City of Warehouses.

Here again as seen from the water, from the direction every incoming ship takes.Landmark indeed!

This is an older "new" builidng, but serves the prompt doubly, as it's the (backside of the) Headquaters of German's most famous weekly news magazine, "Der Spiegel". It's situated at the other end of the City of Warehouses.

New living in the City of Warehouses - looks like an architecture competition and is probably the most expensive living area in the city, or the second-expensive (leaving out the mansion quarter of Blankenese along the river Elbe). I would never choose to live in such a building if I could help it - though situated here, in between channels and this part of the city, it's very tempting. Not that I could ever afford it. ;O)
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