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Contemporary architecture can be so brave and bold. The Weltstadthaus on Schildergasse in Cologne sits on one of the busiest shopping streets in Europe. Rather than simply promoting commerce, Renzo Piano, the architect, created this magnificent structure to integrate the surrounds: a gothic church, a major roadway overpass, and dull adjacent concrete block buildings. The Weltstadthaus itself consists of thousands of glass panels, dozens of enormous wooden beams and a wall of stone. Within, of course, sits the Peek and Cloppenburg store, whose owners commissioned the award-winning building that was completed in 2005.
Residents of Cologne often refer to this as the Walfisch, or whale.

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