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This thread is dedicated to the architecture of Hannover, one of Germany´s many "mini-metropolises".

No other EU-country has so many cities of half a million people as germany, following in the tier behind Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt. A few, above all Dresden, have gotten more attention in recent years, thanks to long overdue reconstruction and redevelopment after the war destructions. Many western cities have this phase behind them, but are little less interesting, architecturally and historically.

As initiation of the thread, I post a few examples of Hannoverian brick architecture:


Detail from the old city center.


Close-up of exquisite brickwork.


The main church of the old city center. The inverse pentragram on the tower must here have a different meaning than I´d mostly assume.


Entrance area of an early modern proto-highrise belonging to a city newspaper.


Residential area Linden, one of the most pleasant areas in the city. Here "Lichtenbergplatz"


Another detail from the city center.
 

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The "Welfenschloss" (palace of the welfes).

The palace was build in the 19th century by the King Georg V, the first King of Hannover after the personal union with the united Kingdom ended (the british had between 1714 and 1837 given the throne over to a Hannoverian branch of the royal lineage out of fear of a catholic monarch to the UK).

King Georg V was also the last King of Hannover, however, since it succumbed to Prussian expansion. Currently, the palace functions as the head building of Hannover university.
 

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Photo found at: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannover

The "Flusswasserkunst" survived the war but was moronically demolished in 1963 - in west Germany, not in the communist east. There are rumours of intents to rebuild it, however vague. If anyone knows anything concrete, feel free to share it!
 

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I can't seem to post any links or quotes, but regarding the 'Flusswasserkunst'

That's really sad. I always feel in two minds when reading about destructions in WW II - it is often a pity, but nothing compared to the human suffering of that time. Senseless destruction like this is just, well, senseless.

I don't think there is anything concrete to mention regarding a rebuilding. The site of a society for rebuilding, flusswasserkunst.de, hasn't had a major update in years.
 

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I don't think there is anything concrete to mention regarding a rebuilding. The site of a society for rebuilding, flusswasserkunst.de, hasn't had a major update in years.
Thanks for sharing the information. Well, it will never be too late to rebuild it.

"East end" is Hannovers west end. Some Oststadt residentials:




 

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Hannover is a "low-rise" city, like til yet typical for european cities this size. Historically, only towers of churches, city halls, universities and palaces raged up to make out something like a skyline. If no highrises in any real sense, the following buildings breach the "Traufhöhe" of the "city carpet".


Photo by Tony Hunt, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...r=2686&page=1&start=0&ndsp=24&ved=0CCUQrQMwAQ
The Nord-LD tower: An experimental complex only a stonethrow away from the city hall.


A tower-like building by american architect Frank Gehry.


A highrise by european standards of the early 20th century.


The Capitol-building: Another, old semi-highrise in local brick style.
 

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Some further examples of monumental, classical architecture of the city:

Landtag Niedersachsen, the legislature of the state of lower saxony.


Photo by dpa, found at:http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...=397&page=3&start=45&ndsp=24&ved=0CNYBEK0DMDc
Front side.


Photo by Eloisa Ozonas, found at:http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...1396&page=2&start=20&ndsp=25&ved=0CI4BEK0DMB8
Back side.


Photo: Landesmuseum Hannover, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...152&page=5&start=97&ndsp=26&ved=0CB4QrQMwCDhk
State museum.


Photo: Deutsche Bahn, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...r=537&page=2&start=20&ndsp=25&ved=0CHEQrQMwFQ
Main train station.


Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...ur=895&page=1&start=0&ndsp=25&ved=0CCUQrQMwAQ
Niedersächsisches Finanzministerium, the finance ministry of the state of lower saxony.
 

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And some more urban residential architecture from Linden and Oststadt:


Oststadt: Yorckstraße.


Oststadt: Wedekindplatz.


Oststadt: Gretchenstraße.


Linden: Gartenallee.


Linden: Haasemannstraße.


Linden: Kreuzung Davenstedter Straße und Dieckbornstraße.
 

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This picture indicates the sheer mass of reconstruction which has taken place over the course of the 70 years gone since 1945.


Photo by dpa, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...age=24&start=580&ndsp=25&ved=0CJoCEK0DMFw49AM

Hannover has not rebuild any whole part of the city as consistently and thoroughly as Dresden recently has with the blocks of its innermost, historical center.

On a positive note, however, Hannover also doesn´t have big areas of the city rebuild in complete disregard of precviously existing building mass and street layout.

Thus, many currently existing, cheap looking buildings stemming from the poor post-war years might hopefully be replaced by something better in decades to come.
 

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These buildings (source: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...=951&page=3&start=50&ndsp=27&ved=0CN8BEK0DMDw) are among those no longer existing, destroyed in the war or ineptly demolished after it ended.


Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...r=1333&page=1&start=0&ndsp=26&ved=0CCgQrQMwAg
The "Tränenburg" in Döhren.


Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...ur=701&page=1&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=0CDcQrQMwBw
The old market hall.


Photo fdound at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...r=2736&page=1&start=0&ndsp=25&ved=0CCIQrQMwAA
Garnison church, here 1959.
 

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The main church of the old city center. The inverse pentragram on the tower must here have a different meaning than I´d mostly assume.
I remember being amazed when I first saw it years ago. Even though it's considered a symbol of satanism it used to be a very common christian one. Its even called the Christian Morning Star and can be seen on other churches in Europe and America. Apparently its purpose was to repel the devil. If that's true then it makes me wonder why satanists consider it so important.

The rose window of Amiens cathedral:

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St. Mary's church, Adderbury, England

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In Chartres cathedral, surrounding the Madonna and Child statue

http://fr.chartressecrets.org
 

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Post-modern landmarks in Hannover. I guess it would do the city good to have another few of these:


Photo by Propolis, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...ur=462&page=1&start=0&ndsp=26&ved=0CCwQrQMwBA
International neuroscience institute, "the brain".


Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...ur=550&page=1&start=0&ndsp=27&ved=0CCIQrQMwAA
Hannover Fairs.


Photo found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...412&page=4&start=91&ndsp=33&ved=0CAkQrQMwAThk
The Gehry tower again.


Photo by Gabriele Willig, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...r=608&page=2&start=24&ndsp=29&ved=0CHMQrQMwGA
The Nord-LD complex from a comletely different angle.
 

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Brick gothic is another, older, northern german brick style. There are more examples of it in other cities, typically the old hanseatic cities lying at or near to the coast. The old city hall is the only authentic example I was able to find from Hannover:


Photo found at: http://www.florian-genrich.de/hannover_dat/serie2_hannover_007.jpg
The old city hall.


Photo by Burkhard Foltz, found at: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=...r=1018&page=1&start=0&ndsp=27&ved=0CFsQrQMwEg
Detail from the old city hall with the Marktkirche (market church)
 
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