Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - April 1 - 2009: Brick by Brick

This week I will present to you something that, at least made me Wordless. It's not a 1. of April joke.

You see this Building? It's named The Karsch Haus. A Shopping Mall in downtown Düsseldorf, Germany.

Some years ago, the local authorities made the descission to construct a Subway/Metro/Underground/U-Bahn. One of the lines happened to be projected right under Karch Haus.
With the soil there is, it was very risky, to put it mildly. The whole building could fell down.
Besides, the city of Düsseldorf has regulations that conserves buildings like this one.

So what to do with Karch Haus?

They picked it down, brick by brick. Each brick was given an unique identification number. Then transported away. The Metro was constructed and the soil was returned to it's orginal state.

Then, they returned each brick and reconstructed the whole building to it's original form and shape. I do applaude such an effort to take care of what's to be taken care of culture and Arcitecture and City image.

Project leader? Here he is. My regular readers might have an idea?

(There are several methods to conserve historical monuments in cases like this. Each case is unique. In some cases a freezing technique may be used, but in this case, that was not the safest)

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Blogger Sandee said...

What a terrific way to save such an historical building. Bravo.

I'm guessing that Karch Haus is the architect? It's in your labels.

Have a terrific day. Big hug to you and Anna. :)

April 01, 2009 11:26 pm  
Blogger Maribeth said...

What a great idea!

April 02, 2009 12:39 am  
Blogger katztales said...

Wow! I love this!

April 02, 2009 1:56 am  
Blogger SandyCarlson said...

That's excellent. Looks like the building is in a good location now, too. That's a wonderful effort.

April 02, 2009 3:26 am  
Blogger Elin~ said...

I'm very excited to learn that the building was treat like a LEGO! But it was totally a brilliant idea!

Good Job!
or in Malay I'll say it;

ELin & Syazni [the bean]

April 02, 2009 3:41 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! To have it re-constructed brick by brick is quite a huge project. But I'm glad they preserved it well :) They've done a great job!

April 02, 2009 5:00 am  
Blogger ShadowFalcon said...

It strike me a a tad insane but it looks like they managed!

April 02, 2009 9:25 am  
Blogger lime said...

what a massive undertaking that must have been but so good they could preserve the building.

April 02, 2009 3:06 pm  
Anonymous Shoshana said...

My friend from Germany just visited Dusseldorf. I think she took a picture of the same building too. It's always nice when old beautiful buildings can be saved.

April 02, 2009 4:26 pm  
Anonymous claudie said...

sauver le patrimoine tout en modernisant les infrastuctures! Parfait c'est génial! Bravo Düsseldorf!

April 02, 2009 10:34 pm  
Blogger Hobbygåsa said...

Wow for en jobb det må ha vært! Det er utrolig å tenke på at det legges så mye jobb i å bevare et hus. På en annen side - den gangen Gardermoen flyplass utenfor Oslo ble bygget, flyttet de folks villaer på trailere til andre tomter. Morsomt å lese om dette, og du - er det deg som var prosjektleder? Takk for kommentar i bloggen min forresten på fuglene, jeg tror jeg må finne en annen måte å mate de på hehe. Og takk for opplysningen om at norsk kan brukes, så mye enklere da. Ha en fin helg og en fin påske!

April 02, 2009 11:54 pm  
Anonymous Lifecruiser said...

Wow! Verrrrry impressive! *whistles*

So, how does it feels like to have such an impressive man "in the family" now...?

No lack of interesting things to talk about at family gatherings :-)

April 03, 2009 12:05 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Isn't that incredible? Yes, I also applaud the effort made to keep the originality of the building.

April 03, 2009 3:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vel, det er noen som har fått utdelt en god posjon tålmodighet.. det hadde nok vært billigere å bruke storslegga... nydelig byggning, skulle gjerne studert den på nært hold men, hadde vel endt opp med "knekt" nakke.. som vanlig:o))

Takk for kommentar hos meg.. trivelig å teffe nye her inne!!

Ha en fortreffelig helg;o))

Bea i Danmark

April 03, 2009 7:08 am  
Blogger ArneA said...

Election is coming up later this year so no more Soria Moria!!!!!!
And today there is a Friday drink meeting before Easter.
Life is great

April 03, 2009 8:52 am  
Blogger Joy said...

That is very impressive! I love the building. Very historical.

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April 03, 2009 9:38 am  
Anonymous cafe au lait said...

Amazing! And I admire them for putting such effort to bring it down one by one, the bricks I mean, and put it up again.

April 04, 2009 8:44 pm  
Blogger The Cat Realm said...

Hahahahahahahaha - leave it to the Germans to come up with something like this! I know what I am talking about - our maid is German, and the butler is of German descendant. When we get a treat they say "Leckerlie" or "schmeckt lecker".
O well, we don't care as long as we get the treat.
Thank you for visiting us and for the photo compliment, we appreciate it!

April 05, 2009 2:44 am  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Very interesting! I love knowing about this stuff and love your new profile photo.

April 05, 2009 4:43 pm  
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