Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat has created a stunning ten-story, multi-use complex located in the Hafencity neighborhood of Hamburg, Germany that houses retail stores, a five-star hotel, offices and luxury condos. The front of the building uses red brick and glass windows to create the illusion of a parting set of red curtains.
The 37,000 sq-meter building was designed with inner-urban functions in mind, and is intended to appear as if it is cut into four separate volumes made from aluminum in addition to glass and red brick. The courtyard created by several of those cuts includes white facades that are traditionally seen in Hamburg's city centre. Erick van Egeraat has said it was also his goal to incorporate the nearby harbor, which was the inspiration behind the use of red brick.