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These are the stairs of the "Chile-Haus" in Hamburg.

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In 1922, Hamburgian businessman Henry Brarens Sloman, who had made a fortune with saltpeter in Chile, bought a 5,000 square meters large building site in Hamburg's center. There, he was to erect a very special kind of office building: the "Chilehaus" (Chile House), designed in the shape of a passenger ship.

Before, Sloman had arranged an architectural design contest, which had been won by the hamburgian architect Fritz Hger, already quite renown for his office building designs.

The "Chilehaus", built with 4.8 million bricks, was a symbol of the economical recovery after the First World War and became Hamburg's second most distinctive city landmark, right after the "Michel" church. The "Chilehaus" has since drawn worldwide attention and has kept its reputation as architectural work of art up to the present day.

Its brick facade glitters in a different light at each weather shift, and each change of an observer's viewpoint also alters the impression of its stone workings and ornaments. At dark, the building is being illuminated and then shines in majestic beauty.

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  • Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3085 W: 400 N: 6725] (34279)
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