A Tour of Dusseldorf’s Modern Architectural Landmarks

Photo of Anwesha Ray
28 August 2017

What makes the skyline of Dusseldorf a traveler’s delight is its stunning diversity. Historic relics from centuries ago pose a sharp contrast to, and at the same time complement, some spectacular contemporary architecture. The modern and even postmodern architecture of Dusseldorf speaks volumes about the city’s determined efforts at redevelopment, as its status shifted from an industrial port to a hub of finance and technology.

Rheinturm

Building
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The Rheinturm, the 787-foot high telecommunications tower has come to be recognized as the icon of the city. This concrete wonder is open to the public, who delight in breathtaking views of the city and the river from its observation deck and revolving restaurant. The illuminated portholes of the tower form the biggest digital clock in the world, while also providing aviation warning lights.

Stadttor

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The Stadttor (or City Gate) is a spectacular 16-story building dominating the skyline of Dusseldorf. Serving as the seat of the State Chancellery of the Prime Ministers of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Stadttor boasts an ultra-modern architectural design. It is characterized by two rhombic parallel glass towers and double façades, built on the principle of double glazing, whereby every floor has great natural ventilation, thus bringing down electricity consumption. When it was awarded the Oscar of Architecture award and the special jury award for the best office building at the real estate exhibition in Cannes in 1998, it didn’t really surprise anyone.

Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus

Theater
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Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus | © MichaelGaida / Pixabay
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, or the theater house, boasts a rare style of architecture. This building has a series of horizontally arranged, convex and concave surfaces, giving it a unique wavy appearance. The interior, spread over five floors, is grand, with a glazed façade, marble flooring, a beautiful terrace and garden and showcase stages.