Across the globe, delapidated harbours have been redeveloped, so too in Düsseldorf. The source of much controversy partly due to strict zoning laws, the transformation of the socalled Media Harbour (Medienhafen) remains a work in progress.
Many old buildings were torn down while others have been renovated or extended. New structures have been erected in a rather eclectic and hapazard way to reveal a modern and lively place with a diverse mix of businesses interspersed with an increasing number of residential properties. Neighbouring architecture has been renovated and upgraded.
The vibrant gastronomic landscape adds to the harbour’s creative atmosphere. Modern and upscale hotels ensure a continuous influx of guests while many more tourists flock to view the reminders of days of old, such as rail tracks, cranes, walls and warehouse remnants.
The most popular sight in the harbour is Frank O Gehry’s Neuer Zollhof offering. Three characteristic yet contrasting premises of stainless steel, red brick and white facia reveal his typical broken geometry.