sights / Architecture

Chilehaus information

Hamburg , Germany
cnr Burchardstrasse & Johanniswall
Getting there
Subway: Mönckebergstrasse/Messberg
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One of the city’s most remarkable buildings lies to the south in the Merchant’s District. The brown-brick Chilehaus is shaped like an ocean liner, with remarkable curved walls meeting in the shape of a ship’s bow and staggered balconies that look like decks. Designed by architect Fritz Höger for a merchant who derived his wealth from trading with Chile, the 1924 building is a leading example of German expressionist architecture. It’s situated alongside other so-called ‘Backsteingotik’ buildings (Backstein refers to a specially glazed brick; gotik means ‘Gothic’).