Good Morning Everyone,
This is a little different, for me. I usually like to photograph landscapes or old buildings and this is neither of those things.
I had heard about the 'crane buildings' by Cologne Harbour but it took me a while to find the shot that I wanted, a real crane and the crane buildings.
Let me explain:
Some 100 years after Cologne's, town centre,
Rhine harbour originally opened, in 1898, a new highlight of urban development took shape. Rhine harbour, formerly a busy cargo-handling area, is now home to dwellings and office buildings catering to upmarket tastes.
Designed by BRT Architects, the three crane buildings are named (from north to south) Pandion Vista, Kranhaus1 and KranhausPlus. Kranhaus1 and KranhausPlus are high-rise office buildings, while Pandion Vista features luxury apartments.
Seventy m in length and 33.75 m wide each, the buildings’ uppermost stories stretch 60 m from the promenade. Resembling the form of a crane, their modern architecture is designed to contrast with the neighbouring historic harbour buildings.
Construction of the crane buildings
began in November 2006, and work on Kranhaus1 was
completed in November 2008. Building on KranhausPlus
began in May 2007 and finished in early 2009. From invitation to tender to the opening of the buildings, the development spanned almost three years.
ThyssenKrupp Elevator was responsible for designing,
supplying and installing 13 elevator systems in Kranhaus1 and KranhausPlus. The custom units had optical and technological highlights that joined seamlessly with the architecture, while maintaining a focus on safety.
Kranhaus1 was equipped with seven elevator systems,
and KranhausPlus received six. A group of four elevators featuring ThyssenKrupp Mini Gearless® drives serve the core of the buildings as quick and safe means of transportation from the underground parking garage to the uppermost floors. WWW.ELEVATORWORLD.COM
I will add another shot of the crane buildings here as a w/s.
Wishing you all a happy Sunday, Bev :-)
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lousat (98379) 2014-01-12 1:39
Hi Bev,in effect is a bit strange to watch a pic without trees inside on your gallery....ehehe...but this is world too...ehehe..and i like your choice to show us this very strange building by these nice perspective,a crane upside as a natural frame and the other big below,very well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
snunney (107513) 2014-01-12 2:04
Clever framing of these dual-purpose cranes:-) The point of view is indeed excellent and makes superb use of the graphical elements. Very good detail and colours despite the poor light. Have a very pleasant Sunday.
ikeharel (79281) 2014-01-12 2:09
Good morning Beverly,
A special POV nicely chosen for this scene, and a nice title. A bit strange building, yet attractive.
Sharpness and light well managed inspite a cloudy sky aloft.
The older and "real" crane, fit superbly in the relatively "empty" space on picture.
Cheers, enjoy the rest of sunday.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-12 2:21
Very unique and modern architecture. Good use of the real crane for framing and the innovative title. Never seen a L shaped building this, so thanks for sharing something new.
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-01-12 2:54
A different but successful composition with excellent framing and a good view on the building. Well done!
Have a nice sunday my friend.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-12 3:51
top marks for originality and what a super coming together. Really effective POV and a shot for the compositional purists amongst us. It is so beautifully balanced and symmetrically enticing. Well done!
Have a good week - B.
CLODO (35956) 2014-01-12 4:19
it took me some times to find the second one though it is so big! hats off to find the perfect framing!
Happy new year
Nicou (152158) 2014-01-12 6:26
quelle vue et design sueprbe captage et compo avec ce bâtiment moderne et cette poulie la grue qui se découpe dans cet ensemble quelle compo et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (89341) 2014-01-12 6:42
Il est bien nommé cet édifice. On dirait vraiment une grue de verre. Une merveille technologique et architecturale bien intégrée dans son environnement portuaire.
saxo042 (37968) 2014-01-12 8:15
This is a very interesting and quite attractive architecture. Also a good picture in which you have combined this building with another crane, as a kind of frame above. Your capture is well balanced. I hope that modern building also is enough balanced ;)
Graal (103038) 2014-01-12 8:43
good title, yes, it's like a crane above a crane. Fine composition, good idea. Interesting note.
Have a nice evening.
jcpix (13950) 2014-01-12 20:36
A ha, I love your concept here with the cranes, putting a new twist on the architecture! :) I remember this building from some of Krzysztofs pictures, and I do enjoy this wider view from the back side showing it's unique design. Looks like either a giant Lego or Tetris piece!? :) Just doesn't seem like it's possible to construct something like this, and to have it be safe and supported properly...guess that's why I'm not an architect! :)
Creative composition on your part, and your always present detail and precision. I think I'll classify this shot as "modern industrial," a nice combination of the elements. Enjoy the new week.
rigoletto (34279) 2014-01-13 7:54
hi bev. and a third crane with feathers and beak would do great justice to complete this one :) surprizing to see this modern, almost industrial landscape from you, where is the famous cologne cathedral? :) very well seen cadrage. i like the luminocity you managed to get despite the unfriendly lighting conditions.
macjake (73063) 2014-01-14 15:46
now this is different!
a crane and a crane building :)
so that's offices and or appartments in that upside down L shape building? cool...i think lol
well, give them props for doing something original and unique, thats for sure.
its always good to step out of our comforts zones once in a while, and look what you got in return :)
excellent post for TE.
really like it
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (43979)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-12 1:36