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Alsop Architects

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Alsop Architects has completed the Calorium, an £11 million,18-storey tower on Dusseldorf Harbour.The offices are designed to play a part in the regeneration of the area into a 'media harbour', despite being commissioned by private client, Ibing Immobilien Handel GmbH & Co. Authorities were keen to encourage an 'extraordinary building'as part of the regeneration process, so allowed the practice a great deal of freedom.They did, however, insist upon a height restriction, demanding a reduction in the height of the tower in the original plans.

The project, restricted due to a tight location on the Speditionsstrasse Peninsular, has an intricate patchwork of coloured glass on the external facade.The architects claim this distorts the scale and perspective of the building from both inside and out. It was assembled using a monorail crane to lift the individual panels into place, allowing the assembly of at least two floors a week.

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