A Nice Atrium

A Nice Atrium

I was walking around downtown the other day and ended up in front of a building called Asiahaus. It's an art nouveau building that took six years to build, 1900 to 1906. The facade is quite nice with various different asian cultures represented in carved faces and traditional symbols. It is one of the few buildings in Hamburg that was relatively undamaged after the allied firebombing.

Buildings with historic or architectural significance in Hamburg have dark blue plaques attached to them and Asiahaus qualifies. For those of you who listen to 99% Invisible, it goes without saying: always read the plaque. It named the architect, Georg Radel, talked about the facade but also described an interior with tiled walls and an atrium with a marble staircase. This I wanted to check out.

I walked in, admiring the marble floors and the tiled walls. Then, I looked up. Wow, what a pattern. Those oval cut-outs, the iron railings, the details in the ceilings, the 1906 lighting, the light coming through the atrium at the top.

Atriums don't have to be large to be impressive.

My other photographs of architecture can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D300
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 1/25 sec
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 400

Taken: 2016-09-14 10:02:03
Posted: 2016-09-17 | 23:15





A Nice Atrium

A Nice Atrium

I was walking around downtown the other day and ended up in front of a building called Asiahaus. It's an art nouveau building that took six years to build, 1900 to 1906. The facade is quite nice with various different asian cultures represented in carved faces and traditional symbols. It is one of the few buildings in Hamburg that was relatively undamaged after the allied firebombing.

Buildings with historic or architectural significance in Hamburg have dark blue plaques attached to them and Asiahaus qualifies. For those of you who listen to 99% Invisible, it goes without saying: always read the plaque. It named the architect, Georg Radel, talked about the facade but also described an interior with tiled walls and an atrium with a marble staircase. This I wanted to check out.

I walked in, admiring the marble floors and the tiled walls. Then, I looked up. Wow, what a pattern. Those oval cut-outs, the iron railings, the details in the ceilings, the 1906 lighting, the light coming through the atrium at the top.

Atriums don't have to be large to be impressive.

My other photographs of architecture can be found in the gallery.

Show this photo on a map ✈

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Camera: NIKON D300
Lens Type: 10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 1/25 sec
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 400

Taken: 2016-09-14 10:02:03
Posted: 2016-09-17 | 23:15


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