Industrial Evolution

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April 21, 2009
Originally published in Urban Renaissance
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  "We addressed the need to reconnect the inner city with the water's edge," says Foster. Accordingly, the Steiger Schwanentor jetty was the first project completed. The pontoon-and-ram system provides mooring facilities for sightseeing boats.
    "We addressed the need to reconnect the inner city with the water's edge," says Foster. Accordingly, the Steiger Schwanentor jetty was the first project completed. The pontoon-and-ram system provides mooring facilities for sightseeing boats.
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  The NF1 apartment building where Carsten Cox lives has an inner garden, in which fanciful Park Guell–inspired structures utilize the rubble of the buildings demolished to make way for it.
    The NF1 apartment building where Carsten Cox lives has an inner garden, in which fanciful Park Guell–inspired structures utilize the rubble of the buildings demolished to make way for it.
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  The Garden of Memories.
    The Garden of Memories.
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  Cox enjoys the view from his penthouse terrace. The steel used for the terrace, and the brick-colored cladding of the building, echo the industrial architecture of the area. The angles suggest a ship, a nautical link with Duisburg’s past as a major port.
    Cox enjoys the view from his penthouse terrace. The steel used for the terrace, and the brick-colored cladding of the building, echo the industrial architecture of the area. The angles suggest a ship, a nautical link with Duisburg’s past as a major port.
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  The neighbors' balconies provide an interesting perspective.
    The neighbors' balconies provide an interesting perspective.
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  Wall-to-ceiling glass panels on the two exterior walls maximize the views and flood the apartment with light. The interior wall panels can be entirely removed to create a single loft space.
    Wall-to-ceiling glass panels on the two exterior walls maximize the views and flood the apartment with light. The interior wall panels can be entirely removed to create a single loft space.
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  The overhanging roof of Cox’s terrace adds to the visually intriguing play of angles, and provides a spot of shade—or even shelter from the rain). It also helps to reduce glare in the interior.
    The overhanging roof of Cox’s terrace adds to the visually intriguing play of angles, and provides a spot of shade—or even shelter from the rain). It also helps to reduce glare in the interior.
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  Features like the elegant Movable Bridge invite pedestrians to linger on the waterfront.
    Features like the elegant Movable Bridge invite pedestrians to linger on the waterfront.
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  One of three new canals that were cut to carry the water into the heart of the city.
    One of three new canals that were cut to carry the water into the heart of the city.
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  Artist Dani Karavan’s Garden of Remembrance uses the form of waves, and the debris of demolished buildings, to evoke Duisburg’s harbor history. “We avoided breaking with the past, and instead chose to create an environment that would resonate strongly with it,” says Foster.
    Artist Dani Karavan’s Garden of Remembrance uses the form of waves, and the debris of demolished buildings, to evoke Duisburg’s harbor history. “We avoided breaking with the past, and instead chose to create an environment that would resonate strongly with it,” says Foster.
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  Artist Dani Karavan’s Garden of Remembrance uses the form of waves, and the debris of demolished buildings, to evoke Duisburg’s harbor history. “We avoided breaking with the past, and instead chose to create an environment that would resonate strongly with it,” says Foster.
    Artist Dani Karavan’s Garden of Remembrance uses the form of waves, and the debris of demolished buildings, to evoke Duisburg’s harbor history. “We avoided breaking with the past, and instead chose to create an environment that would resonate strongly with it,” says Foster.
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  Foster and Partners’ master plan facilitated important works by others, including Zvi Hecker (the Jewish Community Center), and Herzog + de Meuron (the Küppersmühle Museum).
    Foster and Partners’ master plan facilitated important works by others, including Zvi Hecker (the Jewish Community Center), and Herzog + de Meuron (the Küppersmühle Museum).
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