Architecture In Kirchberg Luxembourg is the place to be when wanting an architectural photography paradise in Luxembourg. The neighbourhood of Kirchberg is a newly constructed cityscape heaven, full of shiny new buildings and contemporary designs. Ongoing construction has been taking place for more than 10 years, changing the whole neighbourhood to the modern look. Walking around here with your camera is so fun and well worth your time!
Where Is Kirchberg?
Kirchberg is located in the North West part of Luxembourg City. You can find all high buildings in Kirchberg, from offices to home apartments. There is also a local cinema and shopping mall, as well as many schools and restaurants in the area.
History of the Kirchberg Neighbourhood
Translated to ‘the church hill’, this neighbourhood of the city is easily reached by crossing the Grande-Duchesse Charlotte red bridge. Locals once had to climb the area to visit a church at the top, hence the name. From here, you are on the high plateau that was once an important defensive position for Luxembourg City. You can walk the ground of Fort Thüngen still in the area, which now also hosts the modern museum Mudam.
These days you can find many important buildings for the European Union, Court of Justice, Philharmonie, the National Library and Chamber of Commerce.
Architecture In Kirchberg Luxembourg
Now let’s talk about this favourite area for Architecture! So when it comes to architecture photography, it’s definitely something I’m personally learning. To get the right angles and find a style is pretty hard, but I had fun trying!
This funky building was finished in 2014 with a total of 4 underground floors and 5 levels above ground. This is designed by VALENTINY hvp architects. This building, like many in this list, can be found on Boulevard J.F. Kennedy. This unique building is covered in steel shaped in X forms like a curtain, covering the whole building. The colours were chosen based on becoming ‘visible and identifiable‘ in Kirchberg.
The National Library
The National Library in Kirchberg was built in 1899 and designed by architect olles+Wilson. As a national library, the building holds up to 1.8 million documents, 640,000 ebooks, 20,000 audiovisual documents and just under 400 databases. The library had a cool angle at the front, with reds and white colours.
Random People Architecture In Kirchberg Luxembourg
These people I believe are simply part of the building behind it, but kinda cool as they are huge! I cannot find them on google maps as the street view is from 2009, so I am also unsure what building this is. So I cannot share where this one actually is, except that its on the main John F Kennedy avenue towards the Auchan supermarket. Let me know in the comments if you know more.
Designed by Christian de Portzamparc, the Philharmonie officially opened in 2005. It is also known as the Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte Concert Hall, which sounds more royal. This concert hall hosts on average up to 400 performances a year. Up to 1500 people can fit inside to watch a performance. We didn’t count all the columns surrounding the building, but apparently there are more than 800!
The National Sports and Cultural Centre
Surrounded by a little maze, gardens and the yellow stairs to no where, is a sports center. This sporting complex has an olympic sized swimming pool, indoor arena and more. The building officially opened in April 1982 after years of construction since 1974. It was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert, who has also designed other olympic building in Canada and the Parc des Princes football stadium in Paris.
Officially called the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, this contemporary art museum was designed by architect I. M. Pei. It costed up to $100m to build and established in July 2006. The successful museum has since had hundreds of artists showcase their work here, including some famously known Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel and Bruce Nauman. The museum is located close to the city center and just across the bridge.
The new area of the European Parliament was still in construction during my visit to Luxembourg, and I haven’t been able to find out who the architect is. But it sure has some cool angles to photograph, with pillars as well as all the European flags in the square area.
Court of Justice of the European Union
Designed by French architect Dominique Perrault, the Court of Justice as well as previous buildings have been ongoing since the 1990’s. With the main expansion being completed in 2008, with final expansions finishing in 2019. These gold coloured buildings stand tall, making all three main towers mainly for offices and public areas. Some of the previous Court of Justice buildings included Luxembourg architects Bohdan Paczowski and Paul Fritsch.
EFTA Court Office
Another building I found walking around Kirchberg was this one named the EFTA Court. However I cannot seem to find who the architect is. It has a cool design is like an upside down pyramid.
So if you know more about the architect, let us know in the comments so we can update this section!
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Summary Architecture In Kirchberg Luxembourg
Kirchberg is an awesome place for architecture photography in Luxembourg. As a keen learner in improving my photography skills, this was a fun place to try and look for those unique angles. Kirchberg has changed so much in the last 5-10 years that I’m sure by the time I go back there will be even more changes!
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