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Half Tower

Lübeck, Germany, is known for its medieval and brick Gothic architecture. Bits of the city’s medieval heritage are still scattered throughout the city. Even remnants of its former 13th-century wall still remain intact after centuries of neglect and even a major demolition effort.

In 1672, a clever architect took advantage of one particular slice of the derelict, unused fortification and built a half-timbered house within one of its hollow towers. The wall curves around the back of the house, grasping it in a brick embrace. The combination of the house and medieval tower make an usual, but oddly coherent, whole. Though the red and white house is tilted at a wonky angle, it’s still standing today.

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