Parks and open spaces in Hamburg

Given the pandemic situation and the renewed lockdown, parks and public spaces have become indispensable refuges that provide a much-needed change of pace. Within the city, they serve not only as carbon binders, but also as recreational spaces and social gathering places. Today, we introduce you to some of these new parks and open spaces. Off to the fresh air for a winter walk!

parks and open spaces Hamburg

Lohsepark © VOGT

Lohsepark – The Green Center of HafenCity, Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, Zurich                              If a visitor turns 360 degrees in the middle of the approximately 4ha large Lohsepark by Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, he experiences one of the outstanding spatial qualities of the area: at both ends, the elongated axis of the open space opens up to the harbor basin. The open space concept emphasizes these spatial qualities with two fundamental design interventions: a visual axis from water to water and a precise spatial staggering in three height levels – city level, park level and historical level. Terraces connect the individual levels with each other. The detailed design of the terraces creates areas for different uses and distinguishable characters. Even lower, precisely demarcated by another height step, lie the historical facilities: the structural remains of the Hanover train station have their own visual language and tell of the past of the site, which was the central starting point for the deportation of Jews, Sinti and Roma during World War II. Like a deeper geological layer, the memorial lies one meter below park level and up to three meters below city level.

Parks and open spaces in Hamburg

parks and open spaces Hamburg

Baakenpark aerial view © Mark Pflüger

Baakenpark – HafenCity / Atelier Loidl, Berlin                                                                                          Baakenpark by Atelier Loidl is the green center of the newly emerging eastern HafenCity. The 1.6 hectare peninsula, artificially raised from Elbe sand, is located in the middle of the former Baakenhafen harbor basin. With its wild shoreline, green slopes down to the water’s edge, and characteristic topography, the park forms an atmospheric counter-world to its surroundings. Baakenpark has a striking topography with several plateaus of varying heights. Due to the special flood protection requirements, the play and green areas of the park were laid out on three elevated plateaus. The three plateaus differ clearly from each other in their uses and atmospheres: in the west of the peninsula is the sports and play area, the middle level offers a play and sunbathing area with the embankment tribune, and in the east, away from the hustle and bustle, the 15m high “Himmelsberg” rises as a crowning finale as a vantage point visible from afar. The bridge from Versmannkai to Baakenpark provides a direct link for pedestrians and cyclists between the parts of the new city quarter to the north and south of the harbor basin.

parks and open spaces Hamburg

Baakenpark © Atelier Loidl

Hafenpromenade – Baumwall / Zaha Hadid Architects, London                                                              As early as 2006, following the decision of the public competition, Zaha Hadid Architects were commissioned by the City of Hamburg to extend the promenade. The reason for the competition at that time was the upgrading of the existing flood protection facilities at the inner-city harbor. Since the great flood of 1962, the city has been arming itself against renewed flooding with this protective wall on the Elbe. The design by Zaha Hadid Architects gave an effective urban dimension to the technically justified repair and raising of the protective structures on the Elbe. The result is a one-kilometer-long city promenade along the Elbe, a good nine meters above sea level. Ten meters and wider, this elevated pedestrian and bicycle route with isolated acute-angled pavilion buildings forms a kind of closure of the city to the shore. Via ramps, stairs and individual pedestrian bridges, it is linked to Hamburg beyond. The most important motif here is the wide stairways, which are based on the amphitheater type. Sometimes they are oriented toward the water, sometimes toward the city – creating different places to stay and communicate.

Parks and open spaces in Hamburg

parks and open spaces Hamburg

Krebs und Herde Landschaftsarchitekten, Winterthur (CH) © Ferdinand Graf Luckner, Hamburg

District Park – Neue Mitte Altona / Krebs und Herde Landschaftsarchitekten, Winterthur                      On the site of the former Altona train station, the new district Neue Mitte Altona is being created with a central city park. The park design was developed in 2013 with the intensive participation of citizens. The Swiss landscape planning office Krebs und Herde was commissioned to incorporate the resulting ideas into its concept. The entire park covers 2.7 hectares and was designed as a “flowing meadow landscape” that runs southward through the entire planning area. The monumental steel skeleton of the former goods hall, a historic clinker brick building and a preserved water tower anchor the new neighborhood in the history of the village. The sunken playground and park steps form a relief that links function and recreation in a natural way. A small wood will be created in the northwest of the park. There will be a varied exercise course on the playground. Next on the agenda is the renovation of the corroded freight hall structure and the associated installation of a climbing playground and a small-scale hall garden. In a longer development perspective, with the relocation of the long-distance train station, the park will connect with the existing green corridor through the city and extend to the “Altona Balcony” on the Elbe.

You can also learn more information on our architectural tours.

Free virtual tours by Guiding Architects

After the great success of Guiding Architects’ first series of virtual architecture tours, which took place in October and had over 550 participants, Guiding Architects is now hosting a second series of free virtual architecture tours.

From January 29 to February 12 2021, we will take you to Copenhagen, Paris and Rotterdam to present urban strategies around sustainability.

Virtual architectural tours by Guiding Architects

Virtual Tour 2nd Series © Guiding Architects

In the live streaming events, the speakers – architects and architectural journalists working and researching at their sites – will share their extensive knowledge with the help of (historical) photos, film and audio clips, aerial photos, city plans and architectural drawings. Participants will get a good insight into the areas, their urban context and the different approaches to sustainability, resilience, participation and mobility.

While the series is designed around a central theme, each tour is a stand-alone event and can be undertaken separately or as part of the series.

Free virtual tours of Sustainable Urban Strategies in Copenhagen, Paris and Rotterdam from January 29 to February 12, 2021.


Friday, 29.01.21 – 18:00 h
Nordhavn – The Sustainable Borough of the Future in Copenhagen
Host: Bo Christiansen, Scaledenmark                                                                                                        Registration here

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Konditaget Lüders by JAJA Architects © Scaledenmark

Friday, 05.02.21 – 18:00 h
Saint Vincent de Paul in Paris – a new sustainable, participatory and resilient neighborhood
Host: Catherine Haas-Adler, GA Paris                                                                                                        Registration here

Friday, 12.02.21 – 18:00 h
Water Management and Climate Adaptation in Rotterdam
Host: Anneke Bokern, architour                                                                                                                  Registration here

Virtual architectural tours by Guiding Architects

Aerial view of Dakpark in Rotterdam © architour

The tours will take place on Zoom in English, participation is free of charge. For more information and registration, click here:

Friday, 29.01.21 – 18:00 h          Copenhagen                                                                                           Friday, 05.02.21 – 18:00 h          Paris                                                                                                       Friday, 12.02.21 – 18:00 h          Rotterdam

BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize 2020

Despite Corona, this year again the best Hamburg buildings could be awarded the prestigious BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize and the BDA / Hamburger Abendblatt Public Architecture Prize 2020!

With these two awards, the BDA Hamburg (Bund Deutscher Architekten) wants to honor and highlight exemplary buildings that have been created in the Hamburg area in the past two years and set quality standards in contemporary architecture. Architects are honored together with their clients for their joint work. The award winners receive a certificate and all the award-winning buildings are made available to the public on the Internet and in a catalog documentation.

This year, for the first time, entertaining films were created documenting the jury work, the award-winning building projects and the award ceremony. All films and further information on the winning buildings can be found on the BDA Hamburg website.

BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize 2020

Jury: Martina Bauer, Architektin, Berlin· Till Briegleb, Journalist, Hamburg· Prof. Dietrich Fink, Architekt BDA, München (Jury chair)· Franz-Josef Höing, Oberbaudirektor, Hamburg· Prof. Mikala Holme Samsøe, Architektin MAA, München

The jury selected three equal 1st prize awards, six equal 2nd prize awards, and seven equal 3rd prize awards from 83 entries from the 2018 – 2020 construction years from the greater Hamburg area. It also awarded 19 buildings with an appreciation. For the public architecture price, which the BDA Hamburg assigns together with the daily paper Hamburger Abendblatt in a second stage, it nominated further nine buildings. The catalog will be published in spring 2021 by Dölling und Galitz Verlag under the title “BDA Hamburg Architektur Preis 2020 – Die Baujahre 2018 – 2020”.

Laureates of the BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize 2020                                                                      The three equally ranked BDA Hamburg Architecture Prizes 2020 (1st prize rank) go to:

1. prize_Carmody-Groarke_Grossmarkt-Theater-Pavillon

1. prize_Carmody-Groarke_Grossmarkt-Theater-Pavillon_©Johan_Dehlin

1st prize for: Großmarkt Theater Pavillon, Banksstraße 28, 20097 Hamburg                                            Building task: New pavilion for culture and gastronomy                                                                              Architect’s office: Carmody Groarke, London Client: Mehr! Theater, Hamburg

Jury assessment: In Hamburg, people don’t like to see crazy things, despite their affinity with the English way of life. But when an unknown architectural object from the island does land, it is met with the greatest sympathy. The silver flying disc in front of the Mehr Theater in the Grossmarkthallen, where fans of Harry Potter 2020 should actually be enjoying their potions during the break, is also a magical place in its own right. Like a shape-shifter, the bar container reacts to its surroundings, reflecting the lighting moods at the harbor with its cladding. The undulating aluminum skin takes up the curves of Bernhard Hermke’s iconic architecture, while the round basic shape responds to the striking “hats” of the ventilation towers. Inside, this wooden structure is a black-beamed marquee with an atrium and a view of Hermke’s concrete blaze. Cozy, quirky, spartan, yet full of character. A crazy combination that sets a dazzling accent. No magic spells needed, except perhaps, “Applaud!”

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1st prize for the: Underground and S-Bahn station Elbbrücken Elbbrücken, 20457 Hamburg                   Construction task: New construction of two stops, underground and S-Bahn station                                Architect’s office: gmp – Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg                                          Client: Underground station and Skywalk: Hamburger Hochbahn AG                                                       Roof S-Bahn station: DB Station & Service AG

Jury assessment: These communicating tubes of mass transit are the new gatekeepers of the city. With their provocative fishnet stocking design, the two glass legs for the S-Bahn and U-Bahn greet the entrance to beautiful Hamburg, or say goodbye to the sad farewell. As the veiled sisters of the Elbbrücken, the two stations are an architectural welcome to a place that for a long time waited primarily for better times. Now they enter into a dialogue with the steel arches of the Elbe bridges, although they do come a little too close to them. But that’s perhaps the way it is with too much love for old landmarks. On the other hand, these intermediate stations for jumping over the Elbe can claim to put an end to the sad history of Hamburg’s train stations. Since the end of the war, the above-ground rail network has seen architectural quality demolished rather than built. Now, at this prominent location, the Elbbrücken double station finally formulates pride in the beauty of engineering achievements again and says its loud “Ahoy!” to travelers.

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1. prize_LH Architekten_Schulterblatt_©Dorfmueller-Klier

1st prize for the: Schulterblatt residential and commercial building, Schulterblatt 65, 20357 Hamburg Building task: New construction of a residential and commercial building with bank branch and associated offices as well as 4 small rental apartments                                                                                     Architect’s office: LH Architekten Landwehr Henke + Partner mbB, Hamburg                                         Client: NM Nord-IMMO Management GmbH & Co. KG

Jury assessment: When strangers in Hamburg stand in front of a new building and laughingly shout “Go for it!” to each other, something extraordinary must have happened. And if it happens regularly, as with the corner building erected on the Schulterblatt in place of the most famous branch of the Hamburg Savings Bank, then someone has done something very right. Where the windows used to clink on every Hamburg riot night, there now stands a residential and commercial building that both picks up on the founding spirit of its built neighborhood and its structure, and creatively reflects the liveliness of the Schanzenviertel. A slender “framework” of concrete beams and columns, in which large light wooden windows, loggias and, in the setback, a terrace create sculptural depth, connects logically with the context on all sides. Artistically refined by vertical concrete hatching with cheeky grained zig-zag graphics, however, the stubbornness of the genius loci is also met. The house itself is now making a ruckus, in the best sense of the word.

BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize 2020

The BDA / Hamburger Abendblatt Public Architecture Award 2020 goes to:

The 1st Public Architecture Award for Waterworks Falkenstein, Falkensteiner Ufer 38, 40, 40a, 42a, 42b, 2258 Hamburg                                                                                                                                     Building task: Renovation and conversion of the former pumping station of the Bauerspark waterworks into condominiums in accordance with the preservation order                                                                   Architect’s office: BIWERMAU Architekten BDA                                                                                        Hamburg Client: Renovation in accordance with the preservation order / extended shell: Waterworks Falkenstein GbR, Stephanie Siewert / Andreas Hanitsch / Extensions: various private clients

The winning building was chosen by a wide margin from nine nominated buildings by the readership of the daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt.

The 2nd Public Architecture Prize is awarded for the building “Großmarkt Theater Pavillon” to Carmody Groarke, London and her client Mehr! Theater, Hamburg.

The 3rd Public Architecture Prize was awarded to gmp – Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg and their clients Hamburger Hochbahn AGand DB Station & Service AG for the “U- und S-Bahnhof Elbbrücken”.

You can also learn more information on our architectural tours.

Architecture Trip Munich

Since this year’s Corona was not a year for long-distance travel, we were all very happy to be able to carry out at least one excursion within Germany, our architecture trip to Munich. This took place from 21 to 24 October 2020.

Our 11-member travel group visited the Bavarian metropolis of Munich, which is facing huge challenges due to the rapidly growing population and the associated search for affordable housing.

The first day gave us a rough orientation of downtown Munich.

We walked from our hotel located at the Sendliger Tor through the Sendliger Straße to the Jewish Center. From our Guiding Architects network partner Claudia we learned that the design was by the Saarbrücken-based architectural office Wandel Hoefer Lorch, which had won the 2001 competition.

Architecture Trip Munich

Architekturreise München, Ohel-Jakob-Synagoge © a-tour

The tour led us further past the residential house on the Oberanger of Staab Architekten to the Hofstatt area, which was built by the Swiss architects Meili, Peter.

Architecture Trip Munich

This is where the headquarters of the SZ and the Münchner Abendzeitung used to be located, says Claudia. This “Forbidden City” was developed in 2008 after the SZ moved to a high-rise building on the eastern edge of Munich and was opened to the public at the end of 2013.

We continued walking past the Frauenkirche and through the Schäffler Hof, which was designed by the Swiss architect Ivano Gianola and was one of the first passages in Munich, to the Fünf Höfe.

We heard from our guide that Basel’s star architects Herzog & de Meuron developed the concept for the huge quarter after winning the competition held for it in 1997.

Everyone wanted to see more and so Claudia showed us the Salvatorgarage. She explained to us that Franz Hart had built a striking new parking garage here in 1964, with a single-flush office wing in front of it facing Salvatorplatz. The new facade of the addition of galvanized steel by architect Peter Haimerl contrasts with the heaviness of the old brick facade. The steel mesh provides the desired delimitation and forms a robust and significant enclosure for the new parking spaces.

Since everyone had already walked quite a bit but the hunger for architecture was still not satisfied, Claudia showed us another highlight at the end of the day, the New Maxburg.

We learned that it was built by Sep Ruf and Theo Pabst on the site of the Herzog-Max-Burg, which was destroyed in World War II. Claudia explained to us that it represents one of the outstanding buildings of the reconstruction in Germany.

The second day led us first to Nymphenburg to the Rothkreuzplatz and the Herz-Jesu-Kirche.

Architecture Trip Munich

Architekturreise München, Herz-Jesu-Kirche © a-tour

We heard that because the previous building from 1951 had burned down, the Catholic parish church Herz Jesu was rebuilt in 2000 according to plans by Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten.

We were met by a cubic building with its 14-meter-high glass blue front and (semi-)transparent walls. Inside an outer “glass box” there is another wooden cube into which different amounts of light penetrate through wooden slats depending on the position of the sun. An impressive building and we wondered what could top this building on this day.

After a short ride with the subway we arrived at the project “Living at Dantebad”. Here the office Florian Nagler Architekten 2017 created a serially structured building with 1 and 2.5 room apartments for refugees and homeless people for the municipal housing association GEWOFAG during the refugee crisis.

By bus we went on to the Olympic area. There we saw the renovation of the Olympic Village of Women, which is part of the listed ensemble together with the Old Mensa, the Student Tower and the Olympic Village of Men. Claudia had another surprise in store for us. The janitor of the complex was waiting for us and we got the opportunity to get a great view over the complex and the Olympic Park from the roof terrace of the student high-rise. Since there was also a light hairdryer, we even had the spectacular view of the mountains when looking south, which the people of Munich love so much.

Architecture Trip Munich

Architekturreise München, Olympipark © a-tour

Just a few minutes’ walk from the village, the plans for a memorial to the Munich assassination attempt in 1972 were realized in 2017 by Brückner & Brückner Architects.
Still gripped by the impressions of the memorial, we went over to the Troika, which is formed by the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Hall and the Olympic Stadium Swimming Hall. After visiting the buildings and studying the beautiful roof structure, we spent our lunch break in the sunshine on the terrace of the restaurant at the Olympic lake.

Freshly strengthened we strolled on and already from a distance we saw the striking BMW headquarters. We heard from Claudia that the BMW Group headquarters were inaugurated in 1973 according to a design by Professor Dr. Karl Schwanzer from Vienna. We had the opportunity to visit the foyer of the BMW headquarters.

Architecture Trip Munich

Architekturreise München, BMW Museum © a-tour

Claudia explained that Schwanzer, who also worked for Oscar Niemeyer, had suggested BMW build a museum right next door. So it is not surprising that the typical concrete bowl with a diameter of 40 meters reminded us a little of Niemeyer’s legendary design for the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, which we also visited on our architectural trip to Brazil. At the end of the day we passed the bridge to the “BMW-Welt”, which opened in 2007. Claudia told us that it was built according to plans by Coop Himmelb(l)au.

On the third day we will take the subway to the Kunstareal.

From Claudia we learned that the art area with its 18 museums and exhibition houses, more than 40 galleries and cultural institutions and six universities is unique in Germany.

We went over to the Lenbachhaus. The Munich painter Franz von Lenbach had the building, which now houses the Städtische Galerie, built in 1891 in the style of an Italian country house. Next to the new three-story annex, which Norman Foster built in 2013, we see the former studio wing and the painter’s yellowshade villa.

Next on the agenda was the Nazi Documentation Center. The sharp-edged white exposed concrete building was erected in 2015 according to plans by Berlin-based Georg Scheel Wetzel Architects and has the shape of a cube with a side length of 22.50 meters. Narrow, high window slits in precise rows provide targeted views of the historical surroundings at Königsplatz.

From here we reached the double building with the University of Television and Film and the Egyptian Museum by Peter Böhm.

We took a short coffee break on the roof terrace of the TUM Munich in the “Voerhoelzer Forum” before continuing to the Pinakothek der Moderne. This classically beautiful building combines four collections from the fields of art, architecture, graphics and design on 12,000 square meters of exhibition space.

Architecture Trip Munich

Architekturreise München, Museum Brandhorst © a-tour

Via the Brandhorst collection of Sauerbruch Hutton we reached the new Siemens headquarters of Henning Larsen. The headquarters for about 1,200 employees was designed to be open and transparent. The heart of the new headquarters is the atrium, which is located in the middle of the building and is accessible from all sides.
Unfortunately, however, we were not able to access it because of the corona measures and so we used one of the beautifully staged courtyards for our group picture.

Architecture Trip Munich

Architekturreise München, Gruppenbild © a-tour

Then we had a very short walk over to Odeonsplatz, where our tour ended.

It was three great days in Munich. Thanks Claudia for the great impressions we got. We will surely come back.

The detailed travelogue will follow. More information about our architecture tours can be found here.

New building for HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is building a new office building in the Am Sandtorpark/Grasbrook neighborhood as a zero-emissions building in order to optimally position itself for its growing urban development tasks and the associated increase in personnel and space requirements in the future.

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is responsible for four of Hamburg’s future projects – HafenCity, Grasbrook, Billebogen and Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld. At the same time, the construction project will redefine a previously unsatisfactory urban planning situation and complete the development of the quarter. As a zero-emissions building, it will set new standards for sustainable construction and the careful use of resources. In the basement, the building also provides space for the shore power plant for the sustainable supply of the cruise ships. In order to obtain planning permission for the office building, the Authority for Urban Development and Housing is drawing up the HafenCity 18 Development Plan. Early public participation will start on October 30, 2020, with construction of the building expected to begin in 2021 and completion planned for 2023.

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Heizwerk HafenCity © a-tour

While HafenCity is developing eastwards as far as the Elbe bridges, the urban planning situation at the intersection of Am Dalmannkai and San Francisco Strasse remains unsatisfactory to this day. It was created in the 1990s, even before the HafenCity Masterplan was adopted, by the location of the combined heat and power plant, which still today and will continue to be an important component of the sustainable heat supply in western HafenCity. With the new office building, the opportunity is now being taken to give the disordered surroundings of the heating plant a clearer urban structure and to give the urban space more urbanity through new uses.

New building for HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

A six-storey office building with a gross floor area (GFA) of approximately 7,200 m² is to be built on the approximately 1,500 m² site. Attractive uses are planned for the first floor locations of the building, such as store units, gastronomy, culture or services, which will create additional offers for the neighborhood and contribute to a lively street space. Due to the proximity of the new cruise terminal currently under construction (Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity), the necessary shore power system for the sustainable supply of cruise ships will be integrated in the basement of the new building. In this way, pollutant emissions from the ships during berthing times can be significantly minimized.

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH will construct and use the building as its future new corporate headquarters. In the competition for the office building, which it launched in September 2020 in agreement with the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is setting high quality standards. Since 2007, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH has been demanding that builders comply with demanding environmental standards with its own eco-label. The demands placed on the participating planning offices in the architectural competition are correspondingly high. The zero-emissions building should be CO2-neutral in its overall balance sheet, i.e. over the entire building life cycle from construction and operation to deconstruction and disposal. According to the so-called cradle-to-cradle principle, the origin of materials and future dismantling and reuse must be included in the planning process from the very beginning. In addition to the ambitious sustainability goals, it is also important to develop a room program that is adapted to modern, digitalized working environments. The spaces should create the greatest possible flexibility and openness for HafenCity’s employees, but also for future tenants and users.

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Heizwerk HafenCity © a-tour

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH wants to use the new building to create the conditions for the company’s future strategy. The results of the architectural competition are expected to be presented to the public in early December.

In order to create planning rights for the site, which is currently still part of the operating area of the combined heat and power plant, the Authority for Urban Development and Housing is currently drawing up the HafenCity 18 Development Plan. Following the involvement of public interest groups in July 2020, early public participation is now to take place. The documents will be available for one month from October 30, 2020 to November 30, 2020.

You can also learn more about the building on our HafenCity West architectural tour.

Moringa: Cradle-to-cradle inspired living in HafenCity

Moringa GmbH by Landmarken AG, as developer, is planning the first high-rise residential building in Germany based on the cradle-to-cradle principle in the Elbbrücken quarter of HafenCity Hamburg together with kadawittfeldarchitektur. By using smaller quantities of building materials as well as a sophisticated recycling concept it sets new standards. A further special feature of the “Moringa” rental apartment building with approximately 190 residential units are the green facades, roof and inner courtyard areas, which return more than 100% of the land area to nature. This improves air quality in HafenCity, reduces heat island effects, increases biodiversity throughout the quarter and provides various recreational areas for residents and visitors. This ambitious project is scheduled for completion by 2024.


Moringa_HafenCity_vorne © kadawittfeldarchitektur rendertaxi

The ensemble of three building elements is grouped around a green inner courtyard. As a pure rental apartment building with variable floor plans and one-third subsidized apartments, the new building addresses different social classes and thus also contributes to the relaxation of the rental housing market. According to current planning, approximately 190 residential units with a total living space of around 11,900 m² are to be built. These will include co-living areas with communal lounges, kitchens and terraces.


Moringa_HafenCity_Straßenseite © kadawittfeldarchitektur rendertaxi

The basement and first floor will have a day care center with outdoor area. In addition, co-working spaces are planned, which can be connected to multifunctional rooms that can be booked via app. Other areas for gastronomy and retail will supplement the mix of uses and ensure the development of a city loggia and a lively quarter in the east of HafenCity. An underground car park offers space for over 400 bicycles and around 50 cars, 30% of which will be reserved for car-sharing.

Moringa: Cradle-to-cradle inspired living in HafenCity

The design of the new high-rise residential building is noteworthy: Following the cradle-to-cradle principle, recyclable and healthy materials are separated by type wherever possible and are joined together in a way that allows them to be dismantled and reused. In the long term, the building industry is thus developing into a circular economy, which also sees buildings as a kind of ‘material store’. Instead of producing waste and disposal costs at the end of the life cycle, economic added value is generated and resources are thus conserved.


Moringa_HafenCity_Balkon © kadawittfeldarchitektur rendertaxi

Overall, more green space is created, horizontally and vertically, than is built over. The façade acts as the “green lung” of the quarter by performing cooling and air-purifying functions and generating oxygen. It contributes to the diversity of species in the city, shapes the habitat of the residents and also determines the design of the building. The roof gardens and the green inner courtyard also serve as retention areas for rainwater and for private and communal use, for recreation, urban farming, work and exchange.

The name Moringa is derived from a healthy “super plant”, the so-called Moringa Olifeira, to which many positive characteristics are attributed.

You can also learn more about the building on our HafenCity Ost architectural tour.

Ground-breaking ceremony for new elementary school Am Baakenhafen

The ground-breaking ceremony for the new elementary school Am Baakenhafender just took place. A new elementary school is being built here, which is directly adjacent to a day care center for children with an educational and family center.

On behalf of the school authorities, versatile, modernly equipped classrooms for around 460 students are being built. The city is investing around 32 million euros in the school building. The building is scheduled for completion at the end of 2022 and will be handed over to the newly founded elementary school.

There are plans for 20 general classrooms, which will be supplemented by subject classrooms. In addition, the school will have a canteen with a vitality kitchen and an assembly hall with a stage. The basement floors will include a sports hall for children in doubt – a large part of the break areas will be located on the roof of the building.

Ground-breaking ceremony for new elementary school Am Baakenhafen

At Baakenhafen, a mixed quarter is being created with living space for around 4,200 residents, around 2,200 jobs and a wide range of leisure activities. The new school building is being constructed on the central Lola-Rogge-Platz, which will be an attractive marketplace for local supplies. North of the elementary school is Baakenpark, which will open in 2018 – a green open space on the artificial peninsula in the harbor basin. To the east of the school building, a daycare center for children with an education and family center is being built, which will be structurally interlinked with the school building. On the first floor of the school, a store or café will be created to open up the building in addition to Lola Rogge Square.

Education and Family Center Baakenhafen

Elementary school and KITA Baakenhafen © LRO and Werk Arkitekter

As a meeting place and learning venue, the school is becoming an important building block for social and cultural life in the Baakenhafen district. But it is not only HafenCity’s residents who will benefit from the new school location: as with the Katharinenschule, children from the surrounding neighborhoods will probably also attend the school. The planning was carried out with educational concepts in mind and in close coordination between all those involved in the project – including the local school management. The architectural leitmotif of the LRO office aims at the cooperation of students and teachers. The aim is to promote and support varied forms of learning with the built space.

You can also learn more about the new school building on our HafenCity Ost architectural tour.

Free virtual tours from Guiding Architects

From October 13 to 16, Guiding Architects is offering a series of free virtual tours to highlights of modern architecture in Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest and Turin, moderated by members of the network.

Visit special projects of modern architecture and Bauhaus with us!

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Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, To Expo, Duna Park, Panzerkreuzer © GA Barcelona, Fabio Oggero, Arne Hübner, Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

Free virtual tours to highlights of modern architecture in Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest and Turin from October 13 to 16, 2020

During the live streamed events, the speakers – all architects working and researching at their destinations – share their extensive knowledge with the help of (historical) photos, film and audio clips, 3D simulations, aerial shots, city maps and architectural drawings. Participants gain a good insight into the buildings, their architectural context and their historical as well as cultural background.

Tuesday, 13.10.20 – 18:00
Mies van der Rohe pavilion
Host: Lorenzo Kárász, GA Barcelona

Wednesday, 14.10.20 – 18:00 hrs
Pier Luigi Nervi in Turin
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Three new projects in HafenCity’s Baakenhafen quarter

Sustainable timber construction, community living models and co-working spaces: Three new construction projects in HafenCity`s Baakenhafen quarter – the architectural designs have been decided. Here, highly ambitious and convincing concepts come together, all of which are exemplary for a sustainable and socially just city.

Archy Nova Projektentwicklung GmbH in partnership with DeepGreen Development GmbH (Baufeld 98), Baugemeinschaft Belle Harbour Hamburg GbR (Baufeld 100a) and Baugemeinschaft Sportlerhaus GbR, managed by CONPLAN GmbH & Co. KG (Baufeld 100b), have, in agreement with the Department of Urban Development and Housing and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, announced a competition for the construction of a building, to which a total of 17 architectural firms were invited. The jury has now selected an architectural office from Tübingen, an architectural office from Berlin and an architectural office from Hamburg as the winners.

The three building plots are located in the south-eastern part of the Baakenhafen quarter at the future Gretchen-Wohlwill-Platz. The Baakenpark and the new Baakenhafen elementary school currently under construction are within walking distance.

A total of 100 rental and owner-occupied apartments will be created, some of them in the form of building communities, as well as areas on the first floor for public use (offices and commerce, services, restaurants, studios) and common areas.

Baufeld 98

On Baufeld 98, Archy Nova Projektentwicklung GmbH in partnership with DeepGreen Development GmbH is realizing an innovative and cross-generational residential model over seven floors, which is also characterized by a sustainable building concept. In addition to resource-saving timber construction and minimization of the installed grey energy as well as a comprehensive material flow concept for water and biomass, a particularly functional façade is planned, which will be clad with carbonized wood, a photovoltaic system and generous façade greenery. The project follows the joint “We House” concept, which is to be established nationwide. In accordance with this model, the ground floor and gallery floor will house the “We House” restaurant and other communally used areas, such as co-working spaces, a hall, a laundry center with residents’ meeting point, a guest apartment, workshops and areas for yoga, children, sauna and other uses. As a special highlight, a roof greenhouse provides the residents and the “We House” restaurant with home-grown fruit and vegetables.

HafenCity Baufeld 98

HafenCity Baufeld 98 © Eble Messerschmidt Partner Architekten

Baufeld 100a

On construction lot 100a, the building consortium Belle Harbour Hamburg GbR is building condominiums for different lifestyles. Living in the house is based on the concept of extended living community. Families are to be given the opportunity to implement the special inclusion approach, to support people with disabilities in their family home together with care services and thus to integrate them fully into the house and living community. In addition, an inclusion approach for the blind and people with visual impairments will be realized in the building. A job for a visually impaired person is an integral part of the living concept.

With the approach of the extended living community the basic idea of “being there for each other” is taken up. This is achieved, among other things, through high-quality common areas. The offers of the house are directed at people with and without disabilities in the entire quarter, with a focus on the youngest: Children’s picture library, computer learning workshop, beekeeping and the sensitization for food by self-sufficiency are some of the topics.

Hafencity Baufeld 100a

Hafencity Baufeld 100a © WinkingFroh Architekten

Baufeld 100b

The Baugemeinschaft Sportlerhaus GbR, which is managed by CONPLAN GmbH & Co. KG, is realizing the construction of price-reduced condominiums on construction lot 100b. A common room is to be created on the first floor, which, through its function as a sports and meeting room for the families of the building group, who know each other from the handball environment of FC St. Pauli, will also serve as a clubhouse for the Baakenhafen sports club currently being founded. The building group would like to bring together all residents of the Baakenhafen quarter through the new Baakenhafen sports club. The group feels a strong commitment to energy-efficient, sustainable construction and is building a KfW Efficiency House 40. A photovoltaic system on the roof brings a plus of sustainable energy into the building, which will allow the use of the shared electric load wheels, among other things. In addition, commercial and office space is planned on the ground floor and mezzanine floor facing the street and Gretchen-Wohlwill-Platz, which will offer the possibility of combining living and working in one building.

HafenCity Baufeld 100b

HafenCity Baufeld 100b © Spine Architects GmbH

What the architecture for three new building projects in the Baakenhafen quarter should look like was decided as follows by the jury of the architectural competition chaired by the Hamburg architect Nikolaus Goetze:

Baufeld 98 | Archy Nova Projektentwicklung GmbH with the DeepGreen Development GmbH
Eble Messerschmidt Partner Architects and Urban Planners PartGmbB, Tübingen

Baufeld 100a | Belle Harbour Hamburg GbR
Winking – Froh Architekten, Berlin

Baufeld 100b | Planning Association Sportlerhaus GbR c/o CONPLAN GmbH & Co. KG
Spine Architects GmbH, Hamburg

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Framework plan for the Quartier am Diebsteich presented

The Authority for Urban Development and Housing has presented the framework plan for the Quartier am Diebsteich. Interested citizens were able to inform themselves at various stations along Waidmannstrasse about the contents of the framework plan for the development of the quarter around the new location of the Hamburg-Altona am Diebsteich long-distance and regional train station, walk freely from station to station and take a look into the future of the quarter, as well as engage in discussions with the planners.

Framework plan for the Quartier am Diebsteich

Central framework plan area with a view of the new green center of the quarter, the Lunapark with new sports facilities, and the rebuilt parcel post office and the connecting green links © Grit Koalick

The plans build on the diverse charm and existing character of the area and complement the existing buildings with attractive uses such as a central park and music and sports facilities that will enliven the quarter and make it more attractive. Of particular note are the planned music hall and regional league stadium for 5,000 visitors each on the current ThyssenKrupp site.

Framework plan for the Quartier am Diebsteich

Urban development and open space planning framework plan for the Quartier am Diebsteich (scenario 2040) © ARGE VU Diebsteich

The framework plan was developed with the participation of the public, owners, sports clubs and other stakeholders in an intensive two-year planning process.

Framework plan for the Quartier am Diebsteich

Franz-Josef Höing, Senior Construction Director, said: “The framework plan is a clever basic concept to preserve the diverse mix at the Diebsteich and at the same time provide it with new, interesting utilization modules. Our aim is to create a more compact, dense use that complements the large structures with small-scale elements, but also corresponds to the rough and surprisingly colorful charm of the area. Since we are located in the middle of the city, the outline plan could of course not become planning on the drawing board. Rather, the framework plan was developed in close cooperation with other specialized authorities, the districts of Altona and Eimsbüttel, and the local citizens, who were involved through events and workshops.

The outline plan is part of the preparatory studies for an urban development measure in the surroundings of the future long-distance and regional train station at Diebsteich. The area of the framework plan is located at the interface between the districts of Altona and Eimsbüttel, around the current Diebsteich S-Bahn station and covers an area of around 123 hectares. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the center of Altona and the Holsten quarter and is about 2 kilometers from the center of Altona (Große Bergstraße/Ottenser Hauptstraße) and 1.5 kilometers from the center of Eimsbüttel (Osterstraße). Today, the first impressions are dominated by the postal properties, the industrial buildings on the ThyssenKrupp site and the Am Diebsteich cemetery.

Framework plan for the Quartier am Diebsteich

Oblique aerial photograph with a view of the central frame plan area at Diebsteich © Matthias Friedel

Outstanding development potential is already evident in the areas already acquired by the city. For example, the departure of ThyssenKrupp will free up a relatively large site which is currently being planned to include a music hall for up to 5,000 visitors and a regional league stadium, in particular for the Altona 93 club. The stadium will be underpinned by a spacious “quarter garage” and will be surrounded by rows of buildings which will be able to accommodate retail or indoor sports facilities. A new street layout on the northern edge of the ThyssenKrupp site will relieve traffic in the future station forecourt and the “residential island” Isebekstrasse.

The parcel post building is to be transformed into a new meeting place with cultural and commercial character. Here, for example, a colorful mixture of new venues for theater and rehearsal stages, film production, areas for the creative industries, a hotel, craftsmen’s yard, market hall and experimental forms of living can be created.

In the middle of the quarter, a new public park will be created through the compact rearrangement of the existing playing fields on Waidmannstraße. As a green center, it will be a space for recreation, exchange and movement. The cemetery Am Diebsteich, an important garden monument, will remain a place of rest and tranquility.

Framework plan for the Quartier am Diebsteich

View from the station forecourt of ThyssenKrupp’s landmark buildings, the new music hall and stadium, and the traffic-calmed Waidmannstrasse with its avenue character © Grit Koalick

The important inner-city commercial structures on the west and east sides of the railroad line are to be preserved. The long-term goal is to achieve densification in the sense of more effective and sustainable use of land in order to meet the strong demand for centrally located commercial properties.

The framework plan shows coordinated, superordinate development lines up to the year 2040, with which the neighborhood at Diebsteich will gradually change. The projects will be specified in the next planning steps.

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