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Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 29 November 2008 in Architecture.

The connection of the K20 building (part of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen; a museum of modern art in the 20th century) and a flanking old building.

I could write something about the suspense-packed dialogue between the different buildings; the continuation and non-continuation of traditional forms; the courageous move away from traditional architecture; the triumph of the modern solitary building.

But I'm a bourgeois, but not upper-class boy and contaminated with the pop cultural waste of the last decades. So, and I'm dead serious here, don't you think this combination of buildings resembles the Black Citadel in Valve's video game Half-Life 2?

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

hehehe you do make me laugh:-) lol. And yes I do think it looks like the Black Citadel!! Quite a splendid image ms:-)

29 Nov 2008 6:02am

@Linerberry: Remarkable similarity, isn't it?

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

I like the contrasts. I find the black citadel appealing. A fine image.

29 Nov 2008 11:16am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks! This museum gets another wing, also with these black tiles. It looks rather black and menacing, more about this next year in September.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Big contrast!

29 Nov 2008 11:16am

@Ana Lúcia: That's right, it's a big black building, not really beautiful.

Eleftheria! from Athens, Greece

Old and new make a beautiful composition here!

29 Nov 2008 1:16pm

@Eleftheria!: It would look less interesting if I had only taken a shot of that black museum; a rather ugly building, I think.

Alphons from Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Big contrast between the 2 building. Well seen and captured. Bye.

29 Nov 2008 6:39pm

@Alphons: Thanks, Alphons!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

2 different words. It could have been a Lilly and Ronnie's picture :)

30 Nov 2008 12:11am

@akarui: Hehe, maybe! Thanks!

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

A marriage between old and new... they seem to have bonded.

30 Nov 2008 1:13am

@Observing: Looks more like an ugly divorce to me... ;-)

Laurent from Lyon, France

maybe the architect had been polluted by the same culture as you ;o)
on a personal pint of view I often like the mix of modern and old in architecture

30 Nov 2008 7:21am

@Laurent: The problem I have with this black building is that it is very big and really dominates its surrounding place. Now they build a new wing, also with these black tiles. The whole block turns black.

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Look so seamless! Great find and shot.

30 Nov 2008 12:03pm

@Ina: Thanks! More about this in September next year, when the new wing of this museum will be finished.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Yeah, there's a low of symbolism like that, isn't there? I know if I was an architect, I'd be trying to run all kinds of stuff like that by people.

1 Dec 2008 5:37pm

@Twelvebit: If I would be the city planner of Düsseldorf I would be the most hated man in town in record time. At first I would roll back all misdeterminations from the 1960s. This would be no longer a 'car friendly' city. Then we would see further. Har, har!