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Chile House, Hamburg

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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. Our Hamburg vacation planning app makes visiting Chile House and other Hamburg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Surprised me more for the fact that the complex was built before the war and is unharmed after during the same will that for the buildings itself. Maybe I don't understand it myself, but the story I found it most interesting.
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  • Very impressive building, with an extremely odd colouring in the bricks. They're very brown, almost black, which is what makes the Chile House stand out from the others. Inside, there is a small arcad...  more »
  • Worth seeing and just next door the Chocolate Museum in the rain is very suitable as the Manufactum
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  • This is a historic and iconic building in Hamburg. It is considered to be a landmark in its neighbourhood. Architecture enthusiasts will love this bricked building.
  • The Building is a piece of art. The architecture is grandios
  • Very dramatic and impressive. Gorgeous bricks!
  • Gorgeous building! Who knew you could make such elegant curves and sweeps from brick? Don't miss the courtyards.
  • One of Hamburg's architectural landmarks!

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