Hamburg: Water, fire and air

The Salzspeicher or salt buildings of Lübeck front the Trave next to the Holstentor. Built in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, their gable ends - sloped, stepped and shaped - are typical of the town's hansa architecture. Their influence was felt across the League and down down the years to today (Flickr, wolfer0707)

Whether considered topographically, economically or architecturally, Hamburg is an elemental city. Water delineates an extensive acreage of docks on which its prosperity has been built and where vessels that move on and below that medium have been forged. Fire drove its greatest expansion and formed the bricks that are widely emplors; its

 

 

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Chris Rogers  |  Writer on architecture and visual culture