Cologne City In The Clouds

September 2013


This album is focused on the architectural views of Cologne. You could also call it the "upward glance", because the photos show a perspective in which you have to put your head back.

Some people say, that the Cologne people don't keep their city very clean. In fact, if you look at the pavement and public places, you could think like that. But isn't that the problem of every big town? Anyway, to escape such impressions, you should go through Cologne with the look to the sky. Lo and behold, you will find genuine palaces up there. A city in the clouds, detached from its anchor at the base and the reality, invites one to let thoughts wander between its roofs and facades. You should try it once, even in your own city, and you'll see a city that you haven't seen before.

Many photos are taken at the Rheinauhafen. This is a brand new district settled directly by the riverside of the Rhine and dominated by three high-rise buildings, which partially extend across the river. It is an exciting place in Cologne because of its modern architecture and the partially preserved old storage buildings, that have been gutted and rebuilt. I took the photos right after the completion of these buildings in 2010/2011. The architecture is mainly based on contemporary office building-designs, but it also invites to wander in its shapes and lines, exploring new perspectives and horizons. 

The Rheinauhafen

The image below shows one of the three new high-rise buildings in Cologne, settled directly by the riverside of the Rhine. A brand new district - the Rheinauhafen - has been created here, together with modern architecture and preserving historic buildings that have been gutted and rebuilt. I took the photo right after the completion of these buildings in 2010/2011. The architecture is mainly based on the mainstream of contemporary office building, but it also invites one to wander in its shapes and lines, exploring new perspectives and horizons.

Rheinauhafen

Skydrive - One of the three new high-rise buildings in Cologne

The image below shows the edge of the German EA  headquarters. The office building is new, like everything in this new district. On the image Crossing (below) you can see the glossy black front of the building. 

EA headquarters

Crossing