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Facades Architecture. Fascination of the Faces of Buildings
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Credit: Michael Nguyen via Visura
Asset ID: VA76547
Caption: Available
Copyright: © Michael Nguyen, 2022
Collection: Art Feature Travel
Location: Germany, Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Europe
Topics: Architecture Art Design Feature Journalism Photography Travel

Michael Nguyen

Based in Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Most of the time, Michael Nguyen focuses on small, ordinary things but through the subjective lens, he give them new perspectives, a new soul. “With my camera I capture little things that we often don't notice in everyday...
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Munich, Germany
# 3796
12/2022
Detail of the ADAC headquarters building in Munich's Sendling-Westpark district. It was built between 2006 and 2011 to a design by the Berlin-based architectural firm Sauerbruch Hutton. The building consists of two main elements. A five-story base, in the shape of an amoeba and characterized by its rounded edges, marks the outer ground plan, and on top of this are a further 18 high-rise floors. In contrast to the discreetly designed façade of the base, the 30,000-square-meter glass façade of the high-rise building was given a special design. Like a mosaic, the 22 different colors of the 1,152 facade elements create a play of colors.
Cologne, Germany
# 3698
5/2022
Entrance  to the Contipark parking garage at Friedensplatz in Cologne.
Magdeburg, Germany 
# 3786
8/2022
Back front of the shopping mall Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof with approach zone for suppliers.
Cologne, Germany
# 3781
5/2022
Detail of the Facade of an office building of the University of Cologne, University Administration, Student Service Center in Universitätsstraße.  Architect: Schuster Architekten, Construction period: 2011-2013.
Cologne, Germany 
# 3787
5/2022
Gürzenich, a festival hall in Cologne's old town on the Quatermarkt, Design West facade is called: Falling Leaves, by Hans Lünenborg.
Hamburg, Germany 
# 3785
8/2022
Part of the facade of the Berliner Bogen. In Hamburg's Hammerbrook district, on Anckelmannsplatz, there is an office building made of steel and glass - the Berliner Bogen, designed by BRT Architekten (Jens Bothe, Kai Richter, Hadi Teherani), built in 1998-2001. It won the German Steel Prize in 2002. The eight-story building has six integrated conservatories on the two facade levels as a climatic buffer zone between the inner building and the outside, creating a microclimate that almost halves heating and operating costs by dispensing with conventional air conditioning.
Hamburg, Germany
# 3763
8/2022
Facade detail of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg,  a concert hall in Hamburg, completed in 2016. It was planned with the aim of creating a new landmark for the city. The 110-meter-high building in the HafenCity district is located on the right bank of the Norderelbe River. It was built incorporating the shell of the former Kaispeicher A warehouse. A modern structure with a glass façade reminiscent of sails, water waves, icebergs or a quartz crystal was placed on this base. The location at Kaiserhöft is characterized by the former industrial port use and the neo-Gothic brick architecture of the Speicherstadt. Architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.
Munich, Germany 
# 3756
11/2022
An open door in the colorful facade of the Brandhorst Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Kunstareal district of Maxvorstadt in Munich. The facade is designed in a total of 23 different colors, consisting of three different color families. A total of 36,000 square, vertically mounted ceramic rods are placed at some distance from each other in front of the concrete walls. Depending on the viewing angle and distance, the viewer is presented with different visual impressions. Architects Sauerbruch Hutton.
Berlin, Germany
# 3765
9/2022
The new Philharmonie in Berlin with its golden facade cladding was built according to designs by Hans Scharoun (1960-1963). The individual aluminum panels anodized gold on parts of the building were covered with translucent polyester hoods in 1979-1981. Scharoun had hoped that this would create a subtle light effect in connection with the underlying pyramid structure of the aluminum panels. The gold-colored panels do not correspond beyond doubt to Scharoun's planning: the latter had intended square colored panels with a three-dimensional pattern. The white panels attached to the south side of the chimney correspond to this originally planned cladding. The Philharmonie Berlin is located on the southern edge of Berlin's Tiergarten park and immediately west of the former Berlin Wall. The Philharmonie is located on Herbert-von-Karajan-Strasse, named after the orchestra's longest-serving principal conductor. The building is part of the Kulturforum, a complex of cultural institutions.
Ulm, Germany
#3764
8/2022
German Shopping Mall Facade Design from the 60s. The facade of the shopping mall Galeria Kaufhof in Ulm. It is made of Horten tiles. It is a typical facade with this tiles. It is the building block of a special building facade, named after the Horten department store. It was designed by Helmut Rhode around 1961. The basic size of a tile is 50 × 50 cm, the depth is about 15-20 cm. Initially, the tiles were made of ceramic, later - aluminum. The shape corresponds to a stylized H for hoarding.

Berlin, Germany 
# 3741
9/2022
The Tempodrom is a Berlin venue that was initially launched in 1980 as an alternative venue on the west side of Potsdamer Platz, in the immediate vicinity of what was then the Berlin Wall, in the form of a circus tent. The new Tempodrom building was constructed in 2001 according to designs by Doris Schäffler and Stephan Schütz of the architectural firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners. The 37-meter-high roof structure with its futuristic white forms is reminiscent of Oscar Niemeyer's Brasília Cathedral. Visually, it is based on the shape of a circus tent.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 
# 3768
7/2022
Facade of the Gernsback parking garage on the upper floors of the Luxexpo bus station at Kirchberg
Berlin, Germany
# 3754
9/2022
Facade with surveillance cameras of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Germany. The embassy building is located in the embassy quarter in the Tiergarten district of Berlin's Mitte district.
Berlin, Germany 
# 3766
9/2022
The exterior facade of the GSW high-rise by architects Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton. It houses the headquarters of the housing association GSW and stands near the former Checkpoint Charlie border crossing. The high-rise with its unique facade mosaic is one of the most striking new buildings in Berlin.
Munich Germany
# 3757
11/2022
A window in the colorful facade of the Brandhorst Museum. The facade is reflected on the right in the adjoining glass facade. The  Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is in the Kunstareal district of Maxvorstadt in Munich. The facade is designed in a total of 23 different colors, consisting of three different color families. A total of 36,000 square, vertically mounted ceramic rods are placed at some distance from each other in front of the concrete walls. Depending on the viewing angle and distance, the viewer is presented with different visual impressions. Architects Sauerbruch Hutton.
Berlin, Germany 
# 3749
9/2022
Reflections in the glass facade of the Sony Center, a steel and glass-dominated building ensemble designed by architect Helmut Jahn at Potsdamer Platz in the Tiergarten district of Berlin's Mitte district.
Berlin, Germany
# 3752
9/2022
The Shell-Haus on the Landwehrkanal near Potsdamer Platz, with its facade, is one of the most important office buildings of classical modernism in Berlin. Stylistically, it belongs to the New Objectivity movement and is one of the architecturally most important office buildings from the Weimar Republic, built in 1931 according to plans by Emil Fahrenkamp, as the headquarters of the Shell subsidiary Rhenania-Ossag Mineralölwerke. The design is determined by vertical waveforms of varying heights and a consistent horizontal articulation through bands of windows, which also extend beyond the curves on the outside.
Munich, Germany
# 1310
2/2021
The MIRA Shopping Center opened in 2008 in the Munich district Nordhaide. The West, North, and northern half of the Eastern facades, was made of colored lacquered metal panels which were placed on the walls to form prisms. Since the sides of the prisms have different colors, the façade appears from the southwest and northwest in different colors. In between, a gradual transition takes place, so that the building changes dynamically as one passes by. In addition to the colored panels, the façade also contains panels made of polished aluminum, which reflect the sky and surrounding buildings. The façade construction was awarded with the “DGNB Gold Award for sustainable buildings" in 2009. The shopping centre was planned by Chapman Taylor. The responsible project architect there was Ruprecht Melder. Léon-Wohlhage-Wernik Architekten was responsible for the façade design.
Berlin, Germany
# 3751
9/2022
House facade with mosaics, round windows and windows of the staircase.


Rotterdam, The Netherlands
# 3725
5/2022
The cube houses are residential buildings designed by architect Piet Blom on the basis of cube-shaped structures standing on a corner.
Hamburg, Germany 
# 3697
8/2022
UNESCO World Heritage Site: Chilehaus Hamburg. Facade of the Chilehaus. The Chilehaus is a Kontorhaus built from 1922 to 1924 in Hamburg's Kontorhaus district. The architecture of Fritz Höger was exemplary for the brick expressionism of the 1920s, which was inspired by brick Gothic and expressionism. With its up to ten stories on a floor area of 5950 m², the building represents one of the first high-rise buildings in Hamburg. With its spire to the east, reminiscent of a ship's bow, it has become an icon of expressionism in architecture. In 2015, the Kontorhausviertel was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Hamburg's Speicherstadt warehouse district and the Chilehaus. UNESCO justification: Speicherstadt and the adjacent Kontorhaus district are two densely built urban areas in the centre of the port city of Hamburg. Speicherstadt, originally developed on a group of narrow islands in the Elbe River between 1885 and 1927, was partly rebuilt from 1949 to 1967. It is one of the largest cohe
Fürth, Germany 
# 3733
8/2022
The Glass Pyramid in Fürth. The 42 meter high glass pyramid was opened in 1994. The pyramid is a hotel with 101 rooms in the Fürth district of Kalbsiedlung in the form of a square pyramid made of glass. Glass and steel are the supporting elements of the building. The German Chancellors Helmut Kohl, Gerd Schröder and Angela Merkel have already stayed here at the Excelsior Hotel Nürnberg Fürth.
Augsburg, Germany 
# 3705
9/2022
The Musikbox - Part of a Centre for Culture and Creative Industries on a Gasworks Site. Another step for the Gaswerk site in Augsburg towards a centre for culture and creative industries has been completed. The Musikbox, a new building for around 50 rehearsal rooms for musicians. In addition, rehearsal rooms that can be rented by the hour or day.  The large loggia can be used by bands for concerts. The building was constructed using a sustainable, largely prefabricated timber hybrid construction method. The gasworks in Augsburg-Oberhausen is an industrial monument of European significance. It is one of the best-preserved complete ensembles of a gasworks. Since the end of 2015, the 8wners swa, together with the city of Augsburg, have been developing the approximately 70,000 square metre site with its historic industrial cathedrals into a centre for culture and the creative industries.
Augsburg, Germany 
# 3700
8/2021
Partial view of a metal pyramid casting a shadow on the facade in the courtyard of the computer center and library of the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences.
Memmingen, Germany
# 3666
8/2022
Colorfully designed lamella facade of a multistory parking lot at the Memmingen train station by architect Karin Kinzer.
Magdeburg, Germany
# 3706
9/2022
Facade of a shopping centre.
Nuremberg, Germany
# 3537
7/2022
Facade detail of the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, a municipal culture and congress center. It is named after the Meistersinger tradition in the city, which Richard Wagner incorporated into his opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Memmingen, Germany
# 3704
8/2022
Shopping Centre Facade and Roof.
Trier, Germany
# 3653
7/2022
In the house Weberbach 25 the current building of the city library, city archive and treasury was built from 1955 to 1960 according to plans by Alfons Leitl. It consists of a five-story cube covered by a concrete latticework The building is listed as a historical monument.The Scientific Library of the City of Trier is a public scientific library with valuable holdings from the Middle Ages and modern times. The Stadtarchiv is the municipal archive responsible for the city of Trier. In the treasure chamber of the Trier City Library and City Archives, a fascinating look into the art and culture of the Middle Ages and early modern times is open to all those interested in history.
Berlin, Germany
# 3410
4/2022
Close-up of ceiling elements and facade elements of the Museum Futurium Berlin. The facade is a shell of folded metal reflectors and ceramic printed cast glass.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
# 3638
7/2022
Facade of the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg. The theater is a performance venue for theater, opera and dance in Luxembourg. The theater was opened in 1964. The architect of the building is Alain Bourbonnais.
Munich, Germany 
# 3293
4/2022
Facades of two buildings of an architectural ensemble in Munich. Detail of the roof of the BMW Museum (left) and facade of the BMW Tower (right).
The BMW four-cylinder, the BMW Tower is BMW's main administrative building in Munich. The building is 101 m high and is located near Munich's Olympic grounds. The BMW Museum is located directly next to the BMW Four-Cylinder, and BMW Welt is opposite. The BMW skyscraper consists of four vertical cylinders arranged next to each other in a cross shape, with each cylinder being divided horizontally once again by pulling back the façade above the center. The building was completed for the 1972 Summer Olympics. The architect was the Austrian Karl Schwanzer, who also designed the BMW Museum.
The BMW Museum opened in 1973 shortly after the Summer Olympics. The silver futuristic building has a circular footprint of 20 meters in diameter and a flat roof of about 40 meters. An oversized BMW logo is on the flat roof. The listed circular museum building, the so-called bowl with the neighboring low-rise building, stands directly next to the BMW high-rise and is the symbol of the BMW Museum.

Venice, Italy
# 2747
11/2021
Part of the colorful facade of the Museum M9, architect Sauerbruch Hutton.The facades of the museum are decorated with ceramic elements that shine in thirteen colors.
Nuremberg, Germany 
# 3540
7/2022
Facade of the modern extension of the Evangelical Lutheran Christ Church in Nuremberg-Steinbühl. In the background the tower of the church built in 1891-94.
Berlin, Germany
# 3361
5/2022
High halls, stone cladding and columns signaled Tempelhof Airport's claim to status.In the 1930s, the traffic volume of the old Tempelhof Airport was at the top of European air traffic, ahead of Paris, Amsterdam and London.
Dresden, Germany
# 3192
3/2022
A colorful house side wall facade painted in striped pattern.
Regensburg, Germany
# 3484
6/2022
The House of Bavarian History, a museum of new Bavarian history in the old town of Regensburg. Architects Wörner, Traxler, Richter.
Munich, Germany 
# 3328
4/2022
Two cars in front of the multi-story BMW car park appear to be formally coordinated with it, as if they had been parked there, especially for a carefully planned composition. The listed BMW Group Parking Garage designed by Karl Schwanzer is for 1600 vehicles and fits harmoniously into the ensemble of BMW buildings in Munich.
Amberg, Germany 
# 3502
7/2022
Roof construction of the Kurfürstenbad, a combined outdoor and indoor swimming pool of the city of Amberg, by Glöcknerhochdrei architektur
Trier, Germany
# 3650
7/2022
Close-up of a facade made of Horten tiles. Building of Horten department store in Trier, Fleischstraße (today Galeria Kaufhof) with typical facade of Horten tiles. The Horten tile is the building block of a special building facade, named after the Horten department store. It was designed by Helmut Rhode around 1961.The basic size of a tile is 50 × 50 cm, the depth is about 15-20 cm. Initially, the tiles were made of ceramic, later - aluminum. The shape corresponds to a stylized H for hoarding.
Amberg, Germany
# 3500
7/2022
The glass factory in Amberg, an industrial building is the last building of the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and is also officially called glass cathedral". It is the production facility of Kristall-Glasfabrik Amberg, a glass manufacturer in Amberg, Upper Palatinate. With his Glass Cathedral in Amberg, Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius created one of the most important industrial buildings of the 1960s.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
# 3492
5/2022
Facade detail of the the 96 meter high Toren op Zuid, also known as KPN Tower, a high-rise office building in Rotterdam. It houses the telecommunications company KPN.
Dresden, Germany
# 3228
3/2022
The former GDR Centrum department store with the honeycomb facade designed by Hungarian architects Ferenc Simon and Ivan Fokvari. Now Karstadt.
Munich, Germany 
#1965
8/2021
Closed windows of a studio container in the Schwabing district.
Munich, Germany 
# 2946
1/2022
Facade of a residential building with balconies.
Hamburg, Germany
# 3798
8/2022
A multifunctional building, the Sumatrakontor by Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat in Hamburg's HafenCity, with a facade that parts like a pair of red curtains.