Even though Düsseldorf’s docks have long been eclipsed by the much larger ones in nearby Neuss, there are a few spots where there are still active factories and you get a feel for what this area must have been like in busier days.
Nonetheless, there are countless reminders that these busier days are long gone. Many buildings have been abandoned and trashed like this one.
They are bordered by a “buffer zone”: empty lots where there used to be something and and new construction, adding to the already large number of beautiful new office buildings.
Buildings with inspiring names like SIGN!, DOCK and Capricorn (the Association of Architects has a flyer listing them all; PDF in German).