This is a massive building and probably one of the main architectural attractions in Hamburg. My walk towards the Chilehaus was full of descriptive adjectives, when I actually got there I agreed that all of those adjectives applied.
The Chilehause or the 'big ship' for it has the shape of a massive ship was built in the 20th century by the German architect Fritz Hoeger.
It is very centrally located and close to many office buildings, shops and other businesses.
The Chilehause.. definetely a must see when in Hamburg...
Chilehaus was built by the architect Fritz Hoeger for the rich hanseatic merchant Henry Brarens Sloman, who spent 30 years of his life in Chile. Chile-Haus was built between 1922 and 1924 and it was the first of this new type of "Kontor-Haus" / Bureau-building in that area. Later-on many more followed and nowadays you may see plenty of such buildings between Moenckbergstrasse and the Speicherstadt.
Chilehaus looks best at night and when you walk around it and search for the smaller details.
Commisioned by Henry B. Sloman in 1922, the Expressionist brick structure looks like a prow of a ship. It?s a work of the architect Fritz Hoger. The building takes its name from the souce of its owner wealth, namely saltpetre from Chile.
Note: this pic was not taken by me!
Built with the traditional red-bricks this incredibly big and strange building was built in the '20s by the German Expressionist architect Fritz Hoeger.
It's really a particular house which reminds of a big ocean ship, like the ones who sailed from Hamburg at that time.
Close to it there's another huge building designed by the same architect which is very interesting too.
This expressionistic brick house is formed like the bow of a ship. It is the most famous building created by the architect Fritz Höger. The Chilehaus is part of the “Kontorhausviertel” with many typical northern German brick buildings and very good speciality shops all around.
Thanks to the very bad map in my Rough Guide, it took us ages to find the Chilehaus. Following the map carefully we ended up on Altstadter Str, where I tried to fit the small house on the corner to the descriptions of the Chilehaus. I managed to convince myself, but not Ruth.
When we finally found the Chilehaus, I felt a bit foolish. This amazing building was designed in the 1920's by the Expressionist architect Fritz Hoger, who named it after his home country. It's a huge building and there is no one spot on the street to see it all from. In the picture you can see how the Eastern end resembles the bow of a ship, while the 3 tiered balconies are like a ship's decks. And if you are passing Altstadter Strasse, try and imagine how the completely ordinary, nondescripts house at the end of the street could be mistaken for a ship!
Fittingly for such a nautical city, one of its greatest architectural landmarks looks distinctly like a great seafaring vessel. The Chilehaus's immense brick bulk is fronted by a towering ship's prow. Like the TV tower, it resembles a 1920s vision of the future. It belongs to a limited, but quite spectacular, branch of Bauhaus architecture known as Brick Expressionism. Another example of the style is built right next door, the impressive Sprinkenhof.
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.