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Chile House, Hamburg

(4.4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
Brick Expressionism personified, Chile House was constructed using nearly 5 million bricks, making the structure so heavy that special footers had to be designed to support the foundation. Shaped like a ship's prow and rising impressively against the sky, the ten-story office building is a photographer's dream. Commissioned by shipping magnate Henry Sloman, who made his fortune trading saltpeter from Chile (hence the name), the building is famed for its facades, which meet at very sharp angles at the corner of two very busy streets. Despite its enormous size, the building's accentuated vertical elements and recessed upper stories give it a touch of lightness and timeless elegance. Be sure to walk through the various entryways; each one is differently embellished with figures designed to look like groups of people and animals. Put Chile House into our Hamburg trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We were lucky to do a tour where explained us the history of the building and the neighborhood. Very interesting
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  • Chile House is a very impressive, brown brick building build at the beginning of the XIX Century. Very interesting to look at for anyone interested in architecture.  more »
  • ... Example Hamburg brick architecture in the warehouse district. The typical ship Castle is razor-sharp and so certainly unique in the world.
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  • Nice 1920s architecture. Can enter lobby. Beautiful
  • Amazing 1920s building if you like architecture. Inside and out.
  • There is a coffee shop there, otherwise only offices and clinic
  • Another signature of German a like design. Felt the expression of how German wants their working space a like. Influational piece, imbedded to German modern architectures.
  • Superb classic.