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MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 2 April 2013 in Cityscape & Urban.

Nowadays investors are doing everything to spend excess money on useless things. This is only a small part of Düsseldorf's local court site that is going to be transformed into a habitat for wealthy people. I have to admit that I'm lacking imagination how it feels living in a court building, but I'm sure many people are going to find out. You can find its imposing facade here: just imagine this is the entrance of your home.

This is just one of Düsseldorf's many, many, many construction site. Historic ground, by the way: archaeologists have found many interesting things from the Middle Ages at this site.

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful frame !

2 Apr 2013 12:21pm

@Mariana Maoduš: Thanks a lot, Mariana!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A nicely composed shot with all of the window-less openings captured here. I'm not too impressed with their plans. I prefer what was there previously. Surely they could have thought of a better idea for adaptive reuse.

2 Apr 2013 6:12pm

@Steven: That whole building is more palace-like. A hotel might perhaps work, I'm really curious what kind of people will live there one day, if any.

Abena from Illinois, United States

Interesting, you've got a knack for showing such massive size in such an intriguing way and this image shows just that. I can see what looks like a church? (Behind right)

3 Apr 2013 2:37am

@Abena: Thanks! (The area is rather large, so taking this shot with a 50mm lens was no big deal.) The church is St. Lambertus, see here for an interior shot.

franz from Baden, Austria

also, jetzt kann man sich's noch nicht so wirklich vorstellen, wie's sein wird ... aber warum nicht? ist wahrscheinlich besser (wenn auch nicht unbedingt billiger) als ein abriss ...

3 Apr 2013 8:59pm

@franz: Zumindest die Fassade steht unter Denkmalschutz. Da Architekten und Stadtplanern ja meist nicht viel mehr einfällt als Glasfassaden, ist deren Erhalt prinzipiell schon mal gut. Allerdings kann ich mir nicht vorstellen, wie man in diesem palastartigen Bau wohnen soll. Bin mal gespannt, wer da in ein paar Jahren so ein- und ausgeht. In Köln gibt es mit dem ehemaligen Gerling-Komplex ein ähnliches Vorhaben. Ziemlich irre!