Thanks to a public holiday I had the day off and decided to pay Düsseldorf-Unterbach and -Eller a visit. Thus checking off two more items from my list of 111 Places to see in Düsseldorf. I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather to go hiking at Lake Unterbach (Unterbacher See).
On my way to Eller, this arch of unknown purpose caught my eye.
After trips to Derendorf and the docks photographing examples modern architecture in Düsseldorf, today I was in Golzheim.
Teersteegen Office Center
Despite having lived in Düsseldorf for many years, yesterday was the my first visit to Garath. It is a district of contrasts: high-rise residential buildings in one street, single-family homes surrounded by gardens in the next. It also has several examples of brutalist architecture, the reason for my visit.
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).
Last year, I went to see the new construction at the Hochschule Düsseldorf campus in Düsseldorf’s Derendorf borough, a traditionally industrial area.
This neighboring part of Derendorf used to be home to factories of defense contractor Rheinmetall, but has recently been revitalized with office and residential buildings. While there was a lot of new construction, in many cases the old buildings have been integrated into the modern architecture.
Some buildings are quite unique such as this one decorated with antlers.
Last year when M was home for Christmas, we saw an exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Essen. This year, we went to the Osthaus-Museum in Hagen.
The exhibition was called “Photorealistic Paintings” and showed off some incredible work with magnificent attention to detail.
Being situated in an old villa, the exhibition space itself is also quite beautiful.
I particularly enjoyed the Spieltisch 1987 (“play table”) containing building blocks in various colors, some with letters, that let’s you create your own art.