Architecture for mixed-use building ensemble in HafenCity presented

In the Elbbrücken quarter in Hamburg’s eastern HafenCity district, a new, innovative mixed-use building ensemble is being built on construction sites 113 to 116: the highlight and attraction of the mixed-use project is the Digital Art Museum, which will bring digital art by the international artists’ collective “teamLab” to life and will be the largest museum for digital art in Europe. Other components of the building ensemble include around 600 rental and owner-occupied apartments in an exceptional location, an international, publicly subsidized student dormitory with a further 260 or so apartments at affordable rents, a daycare center, and supplementary space for business and gastronomy.


BF 113 Turm © KempeThill

For the project, located on both sides of the water at Baakenhafen and the Elbe, Hamburg-based ECE together with Harmonia Immobilien, Lars Hinrichs and the Studierendenwerk Hamburg as the project developer, together with HafenCity Hamburg and the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Housing presented the winners of the architectural workshop process for the total of seven building sections on four construction sites last week.

The winning designs come from Atelier Kempe Thill, Rotterdam, and blauraum Architekten, Hamburg (both construction site 113), KPW Papay Warncke und Partner Architekten, Hamburg (construction site 114), Heide & von Beckerath, Berlin (site 115) and Diener & Diener Architekten, Basel (site 116).

Architecture for mixed-use building ensemble in HafenCity presented

The designs provide for different heights and cubatures, with glass high points and individual façade designs in clinker look, ceramics and colored recycled concrete for a varied design. A high proportion of glass surfaces and, in some cases, room-high modern exterior and light-flooded rooms in the apartments, which vary in size, cut and type of apartments.

Spacious balconies, loggias and green roofs as well as roof terraces and inviting floor plans ensure a high level of living comfort with great views of the water. Greened courtyards and shared outdoor spaces create a pleasant quality of stay.

Mixed-Use-Gebäudeensemble Elbbrücken

BF 113 Block © blauraum

By implementing high energy standards, using renewable energies, a CO2-reduced construction method, using recyclable building components and planning with a view to barrier-free access, the building ensemble offers maximum user comfort and meets the high sustainability standards of the HafenCity Ecolabel.

Results of the workshop procedure for architecture

The new building ensemble is conceived as an innovative and cosmopolitan urban neighborhood
that combines a variety of uses and inner-city, centrally located residential space for different
different target groups with a varied mix of uses.

The lighthouse project and digital core element of the ensemble is the Digital Art Museum initiated by Xing founder Lars Hinrichs, which will serve as a new tourist attraction for eastern HafenCity and the spacious Amerigo Vespucci Square, to which the new ensemble adjoins.


BF 115 © Heide & von Beckerath

Construction of the project on a site area of around 15,000 m² and with a total gross floor area of around total gross floor area of around 76,000 m² is scheduled for fall 2022, with completion of the various of the various components is scheduled to take place in stages from the end of 2024 and up to the beginning of 2026. The total investment volume amounts to around 480 million euros. The project is being developed in ECE, Harmonia Immobilien, Lars Hinrichs and Studierendenwerk Hamburg.

Through various digital tools and features- from the Digital Art Museum to devices for
smart-home applications and digital access systems for the apartments, as well as a
coverage and high-speed Internet connections throughout the site, the building ensemble is designed as a building ensemble is designed as a forward-looking digitally oriented urban quarter.

You can learn more on our HafenCity East architectural tour.

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