City gates in Europe have a long history of being both functional and aesthetically important, and the Stadttor in Düsseldorf, Germany, is no exception. Completed in 1998, the double-skin glass façade building is a nod to traditional design but with high tech 20th century performance capabilities. Its energy-efficiency systems are some of the most high-tech and advanced we’ve seen, from sensors to radiant heating and efficient ventilation.

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