Photographer's Note

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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