"Stick in the Ocean Liner" Chilehaus Tip by Maria81

Chilehaus, Hamburg: 10 reviews and 18 photos

For me, Chilehaus is one of Hamburg's most interesting buildings from an architectural perspective. With stark and clear lines and unusual shapes, it was also a nice place to practice urban photography. Views from the east are best, and the lighting during the evenings really does it justice.

The building is famous for its top, which is reminiscent of a ship's prow, and the facades, which are curved for a large part but then meet at a very sharp angle at one of the corners of the building.

The name comes courtesy of the magnate H.B.Sloman, who made his fortune in saltpeter trade from Chile, so Chilehaus it was. The man responsible for the striking design is Fritz Hoger, who designed the building in early 20th century.

Address: Burchardplatz
Directions: U1: Messberg

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  • Written Jan 8, 2010
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