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'Der Neue Zollhof', Designed by Frank O. Gehry


This is my model of „Der Neue Zollhof“ (The New Zollhof) ,a prominent landmark of Düsseldorf, Germany and a great example for Deconstructivst Architecture. If you have never seen pictures of this building before, you have to check out Wikipedia:

„The building complex consisting of three separate buildings, was designed by American architect Frank O. Gehry and completed in 1998. Floorplans and facades of all three buildings curve and lean, reason for them being likened to leaning Towers. The tallest building is 14 stories high and just under 50 m tall. Each building has a different facade cladding - the outer two in white plaster and red brick respectively; the central building's stainless steel facade reflects material and shapes of its two neighbour buildings.“

The buildings are obviously spectacular, but I also have a very personal relation to the complex: People visiting this website might know the phenomenon, that after playing with Lego bricks a lot, you look at objects of your everyday life and start to imagine how they could be built as a Lego model. As a child, I developed such a „Lego point of view“…until the construction of „Der Neue Zollhof“ in my hometown Düsseldorf started. When I saw these twisted towers, I knew immediately, it was impossible to build them as a small scale Lego model.

Okay, when the construction of the towers was finished, I turned 16, so I think it is natural that Lego became less interesting for me. But for the sake of the story, let‘ s say that these buildings disappointed me so much, that I stopped playing with Lego bricks, just because of them.

However, I recently found out, that Lego developed a lot of new, very helpful bricks in the meantime… as well as the LDD Designer, which allows me to use all those bricks. I just had to settle old scores and needed to build this Lego model!


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