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!

Guiding Architects

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
Host: Cristiana Chiorino, Comunicarch, Turin

Thursday, 15.10.20 – 18:00 hrs
International style in Budapest
Host: Arne Hübner, GA Budapest

Friday, 16.10.20 – 18:00 hrs
Ringsiedlung Siemensstadt in Berlin – UNESCO World Heritage
Host: Thomas Krüger, TICKET B, Berlin

The guided tours take place in English on Zoom, participation is free of charge.
You can register here.

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.

You can learn more on our architectural tours.

1st Forum Bahrenfeld: PETRA IV in the Science City

With the 1st Forum Bahrenfeld for the construction of the X-ray microscope PETRA IV in Science City, a broad communication and participation process for Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld will start on Wednesday, September 2, which is to support the sustainable exchange with knowledge and responsibility bearers.

1. Forum Bahrenfeld in der Science City

1. Forum Bahrenfeld, PETRA IV in der Science City © Science City

This first Forum Bahrenfeld will take place mainly online and will consist of four short lectures followed by a question and discussion session. The focus of this first podium event will be on the new construction of the X-ray microscope PETRA IV and its integration into the further development of Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld. Furthermore, detailed information will be given on the planned changes to the land use plan and the surrounding landscape programme in this area.

1st Forum Bahrenfeld: PETRA IV in the Science City

The event will be broadcasted live from the ground floor of the trotting track grandstand into the internet and streamed via this site. Questions can be submitted live via chat or up to two days before the event via and a form set up there. The participants of the podium will take up your questions and topics and answer them directly during the event.

Due to the corona, only about 20 places are available on site, primarily for people with no or limited Internet access. There are still places available on site. Advance registration is absolutely necessary, as the entrance will be controlled.

The event will be translated into sign language.

Dr. Stefanie von Berg, district manager Altona
Prof. Dr. Helmut Dosch, Chairman DESY Board of Directors
Holger Djürken-Karnatz, Head of Project Group Deckel A7, BSW
Prof. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Management SC GmbH
Hans Gabányi, Head of Nature Conservation, Green Planning and Energy Office, BUKEA
Prof. Dr. Christian Schroer, Project Management PETRA IV
Johannes Gerdelmann, Head of Department of Economics, Building and Environment, BA Altona

Prof. Dr. Gesa Birnkraut

19:30 – 22:00

Trotting course Bahrenfeld

Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld GmbH
District Office Altona

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Passing the Pen (9)

This week we fly from the Austrian Alps, to Brazil, Italy and on to Belgium. Completely without turbulence, but with great architecture and architects who do what you enjoy most.

We hope you enjoy part 9 of our drawing marathon!

Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (9)


Stay tuned, because the next issue will follow soon.
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Passing the Pen (7)

Air travelling safely despite Corona, the Guiding Architects pen has already touched down in 24 cities. Now it continues its flight.

This time it crosses Europe and then jumps across the Bosporus – from London to Barcelona, Frankfurt and Istanbul. Look over the architect’s shoulder and guess which highlight it is!

Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (7)


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Competition for “Lightywood” in Hamburg Harburg decided

On the Schlossinsel in Harburg’s Binnenhafen, the Hamburg companies PRIMUS developments GmbH and Senectus Capital GmbH are currently realizing the Lightywood project on two construction sites: on the Lotsekai an office building in wood hybrid construction, along the Zitadellenstraße an office building with attached workshop and production facilities for the engineering and consulting company umlaut engineering GmbH, a neighborhood parking garage and further commercial areas at Schlossinselpark.

Lightywood Hamburg Harburg

Lightywood © gmp Architekten

In a recent architectural competition involving seven architectural firms for the two construction sites on the Harburg Castle Island, the consortium of Common Agency + Heine Architekten and GMP Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, both from Hamburg, emerged as the winners. The design by the architects von Gerkan, Marg und Partner is intended for the construction site on Zitadellenstraße.

Lightywood in Hamburg Harburg

The space program for the office building with workshop covers a total of around 8000 square meters. In addition, a light industry area of around 1,400 square metres and a multi-storey car park with around 250 parking spaces will be built. In accordance with the urban planning framework concept for Harburg’s Binnenhafen, the design by gmp architects takes up the citadel structure of the former bastion island. The building is defined as a block that combines all uses. The office building, the neighbourhood multi-storey car park and the office and commercial building to the west of the multi-storey car park facing the Schlossinselpark are connected by a continuous single-storey base with uniform materiality, which emphasises the block edges of the site.

The office building with around 4850 square metres of office space is organised above the base around an inner courtyard and is staggered in a terraced manner on the four upper floors facing the marina to the north-east, so that a clear orientation to the adjacent harbour basin with an attractive view of the water is created. The terraces are designed as part of a modern working environment and complement the flexible office floors. The perforated façade with large horizontal windows quotes the commercial architecture of the surroundings.

Lightywood Hamburg Harburg

Lightywood © gmp Architekten

In the case of the five-storey office building made of wood, which will complete the waterfront on the pilot canal, the design of the Common Agency + Heine Architekten consortium prevailed over the jury. The building will be H-shaped with two transoms standing at right angles to the quay edge and connected to a central wing.

Design by gmp architects convinces in competition

Shops and restaurants are being created on the ground floor areas of the base structure of the multi-storey car park facing the Schlossinselpark. In the future, the multi-storey car park will cover the parking space requirements of the office building and also relieve the parking situation in the district. The rising façade above the base is designed as a light and air-permeable grid structure made of horizontal terracotta tiles, which hides the cars and allows economical operation without artificial ventilation.

After the now completed phase of the architectural competition, the offices Common Agency + Heine Architekten for construction site 3b and GMP for construction site 1 are entering the cooperative workshop procedure. The City of Hamburg awarded the site in a concept-based tender.

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