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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Passing the Pen (6)

For two months now, the pen of the Guiding Architects has been flying around the globe.

In part 6 of our series, members from Basel, Warsaw, New York City and Doha show which famous building can be sketched particularly well.

Look over the architect’s shoulder and guess which highlight it is!

Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (6)

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Passing the Pen (5)

The Guiding Architects pen flies and flies and flies…

This time it lands in Dubai, Belgrad, Bilbao and Glasgow. See which buildings in their location our members find sketchworthy!

Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (5)

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Topping out ceremony DESY Innovation Centre “Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld”

A milestone for the DESY innovation centre “Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld” in Science City Bahrenfeld has been reached: on 8 June, the topping-out wreath was installed; it marks the end of the shell construction phase. The new building on the DESY campus was designed by DFZ Architekten and is the first flagship for Science City Bahrenfeld.

DESY Innovation Centre "Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld"

DESY Start-up Labs © DESY – Denny Droßmann

In the northeast of the DESY campus in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld, a new innovation centre is being built as an interface between the CFEL building, the research building of the University of Hamburg and the DESY experimental hall Petra III. The new building with more than 2,200 m2 gross floor area will house small-scale rentable office space in a communicative spatial structure in connection with laboratory and workshop areas. Especially company founders from the field of research will find it easier to get started here, as part of the space will be made available for low rents.

Topping out ceremony DESY Innovation Centre ‘Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld’

Large-format window openings in an economical façade grid ensure optimal lighting of the individual areas and give the building a certain transparency. The striking offset of the glass façade in the northeast creates a built-up, communicative space that opens up to Luruper Chaussee and makes a landmark visible from afar at the intersection with Stadionstraße.

In the next few weeks, the building envelope will be closed and the interior work will begin. By the summer of next year, all work will be completed, as will the complex laboratory infrastructure with laser and X-ray laboratories, as well as electronics workshops, and the first tenants will be able to move into the building.

DESY Innovation Centre "Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld"

DESY Start-up Labs © DESY – DFZ Architekten

The start-ups and young companies need this infrastructure for their high-tech products and services, such as robotics, laser systems or work with nanomaterials. There are already concrete inquiries from potential tenants for almost all of the space in the “Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld”, who are impatiently awaiting the completion of the building.

DESY Innovation Centre by DFZ Architekten

The innovation centre “Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld” is a joint project of DESY, the University of Hamburg and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. With about 2,200 square metres of office and laboratory space for rent for start-ups and young high-tech companies, which correspond to the research fields of the campus, the “Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld” will further advance the innovation ecosystem of the Hanseatic city. The Start-up Labs are operated by Innovationszentrum Forschungscampus Hamburg-Bahrenfeld GmbH with Dr. Arik Willner as managing director.

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Passing the Pen (4)

Here comes the pen again! The next issue of Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (4).

This time, Guiding Architects from Zurich, Rio, Amsterdam and Venice draw their favourite building in their city.

Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (4)

Our members use this breathing space to have fun with architecture and to stay in touch with our colleagues all over the world. So when a pencil flies at us out of the blue, we simply have to draw..

Check out their sketching skills, living room interiors and choice of location!


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Model facade for the Elbtower in HafenCity

Five years before the planned completion of the Elbtower in Hamburg’s HafenCity, a multi-storey model façade of what will be the city’s tallest building has been constructed.
The 1:1 façade prototype of the Elbe Tower is 11 meters high and 13.5 meters wide.

Elbtower model facade

Elbtower model facade outside © Helge Schwarzer

For the high-rise project “Elbtower” a single-phase client selection procedure was carried out. The tendering phase began on 31 May 2017. An interdisciplinary and independent jury selected the three applicants, with whom HafenCity Hamburg GmbH started negotiations simultaneously in November 2017, following approval by the Supervisory Board. In a final jury decision on 31st January 2018 SIGNA was able to assert itself among the three bidders as the future developer. The jury was convinced by the fact that the design by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin is respectfully embedded in Hamburg’s architectural culture and famous city silhouette. A mixed group of architects, urban planners and real estate experts unanimously voted for the design by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin.

Model facade for the Elbtower in HafenCity

Construction of the 245-meter high-rise is scheduled to begin in 2021. The investment company Signa had acquired the land near the Elbe bridges from the city. The planned 61-storey high-rise building is to be completed by 2025. The investor intends to invest around 700 million euros in the construction.

As a mixed-use high-rise with a gross floor area of approx. 104,000 m², the Elbtower is developing from a public, multi-purpose base with entertainment and edutainment areas, retail and gastronomy, semi-public uses such as a hotel, boarding house, fitness and wellness areas, children’s land and co-working areas, to modern and flexibly designed office space on the tower floors. The social and communicative meeting point of the building is a day-lit, roofed atrium.

Elbtower model facade

Elbtower model facade inside © Helge Schwarzer

The façade has the task of making the building appear light and graceful on the one hand, and calm and steadfast on the other. The external façade structure, which envelops the entire high-rise, consists of horizontals that represent the floor slabs and divide the tower in height. They are designed as walkable, open bridges. Between them, slightly set back, are vertical, storey-high, fixed lamellas that follow the building cubature and enclose the tower. They serve as sun protection for the interior spaces and are aligned differently depending on the direction of the compass. Both the slats and the horizontal webs are made of light-coloured coated aluminium profiles, which give the Elbe Tower an elegant and friendly appearance. A total of 17,684 of these slats will then be attached to the Elbe Tower.

Model facade for the Elbtower in HafenCity

In contrast to 1:100 models or digital drawings, the design of the 1:1 façade prototype can be touched. This true-to-scale “mock-up” allows materials, surfaces, colours and profiles to be checked and optimised during the planning phase. In addition, the sample façade is used for the selection of suitable glazing and coatings. The greatest possible dirt resistance of the surfaces is particularly important in the area of the harbour and railway lines. Different surface qualities are tested on the sample façade.

The Elbetower meets the highest sustainability criteria. It will be certified according to the Platinum Standard of the HafenCity Ecolabel and will fulfill the ambitious Smart Mobility concept of eastern HafenCity.

The Elbtower not only marks the end of the HafenCity development, but also marks the beginning of the entrance to the center of Hamburg. Together with the new Elbbrücken subway and urban rail station by Gerkan Marg and Partner architects, it will become a new urban hub that will radiate into the future urban development areas of Billebogen and Grasbrook.

You can learn more on our architectural tour HafenCity East.

Passing the Pen (3)

There’s no stopping the pen and Guiding Architects. Here’s the third edition of Passing the Pen.

In the third sequel of our series, the drawing tool flies from Porto to Cologne, across the Atlantic Ocean to Santiago de Chile and then back to Copenhagen. See which architectural highlights from their destinations our members chose to sketch!

Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (3)

Our members use this breathing space to have fun with architecture and to stay in touch with our colleagues all over the world. So when a pencil flies at us out of the blue, we simply have to draw…

Here is the next issue of Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (3).
Can you guess which buildings we’re sketching?


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Passing the Pen (2)

The pen keeps flying! Here’s the second edition of Passing the Pen. Can you guess which buildings we’re sketching?

Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (2)

Our members use this breathing space to have fun with architecture and to stay in touch with our colleagues all over the world. So when a pencil flies at us out of the blue, we simply have to draw…

Here is the next issue of Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (2).
This time featuring Guiding Architects from Munich, Milan, Paris and Budapest.


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Passing the Pen (1)

Our network for architectural tours Guiding Architects is also affected by the Corona effects. Normally, it would be high season now and we would introduce Hamburg’s architecture to many groups.

What do we and our partners from Guiding Architects do if we get stuck? We think about virtual tours, we already develop programs for the coming season, we update our presentation material and work out new ideas.

Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (1)

But we all also use this breathing space to have fun with architecture and to stay in touch with our colleagues all over the world. So when a pencil flies at us out of the blue, we simply have to draw…

Here is the issue of Guiding Architects: Passing the Pen (1).
Besides Hamburg, Valencia, Rotterdam and Berlin are also included.

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The Kolbenhöfe on the former Kolbenschmidt site in Hamburg Altona-Ottensen

Between Friedensallee, the Euler-Hermes-Areal, the S-Bahn line and Hohenzollernring in Hamburg Altona-Ottensen, the Kolbenhoefe will be built in the next few years.

The former Kolbenschmidt site of a plant closed in 2009 for the production of engine pistons was used industrially for over 100 years. Since then, various interim uses have been established there in the old halls, some of which are full of character but heavily contaminated. In the competition procedure, in which extensive citizen participation was embedded, 10 invited architectural firms were looking for concepts for a colourful, diverse quarter appropriate to the district of Ottensen. The focus of the task was on the contractual mix of residential, commercial and craft areas.

The competition was won by coido architects together with Breimann & Bruun landscape architects and Argus urban and traffic planning. The urban development concept creates an interplay of different forms of use.

Kolbenhoefe on former Kolbenschmidt site

site map Kolbenhoefe © coido architects

In the next few years, the former industrial area will become an urban district. By 2022/2023 some 420 apartments will be built, of which around 140 will be subsidised according to Hamburg’s one-third mix. The innovative concept not only creates new living space, but also integrates areas for small local businesses and offices into the area. In this way, the Kolbenhoefe combine living and working in the immediate vicinity.

Kolbenhoefe in Hamburg Altona-Ottensen

The architecture of the Kolbenhoefe blends harmoniously into Ottensen’s urban structure. Historical factory buildings made of red brick are supplemented by new buildings and elements. Old and new buildings form permeable courtyards. The existing central square will be developed into a public centre. It offers sufficient space for events, markets and gastronomic offers.

Kolbenhoefe on former Kolbenschmidt site

Kolbenhoefe hall 6 © coido architects

The north-west with the former factory hall 7 forms one of three commercial focal points of the future quarter. This is where the local craftsmen and small trade businesses of Kolbenwerk eG have found a permanent home. This is followed by a flowing transition, characterized by offices and mixed forms of commercial and residential use. A particularly striking feature is Hall 6, also an existing building of the former Kolbenschmidt plant. Modern office lofts will be built here.

In the south and south-east, general residential areas are planned, in which a variety of different forms of housing will be sought. Multi-storey housing will alternate with townhouses and a high freestanding building. A day-care centre, a public playground, local amenities and generous open and green spaces make Kolbenhoefe an interesting location for families.

Kolbenhoefe on former Kolbenschmidt site

Kolbenhof Terrace © coido architects

In addition to the 420 apartments on the former Kolbenschmidt site on Friedensallee, there are some 255 apartments on the neighboring Henkel-Schwarzkopf site on Hohenzollernring, scheduled for completion in 2027. This part of Kolbenhoefe will also be implemented in Hamburg’s one-third mix.

Henkel-Schwarzkopf’s current location in the northeast of the Kolbenhoefe will continue to be used commercially in the future. In addition to Halls 6 and 7, this is where the third commercial focus of the Kolbenhoefe quarter lies. A special feature: The architecture creates a direct link between commercial and residential areas, “back to back” so to speak. The large park, behind the row of houses on Hohenzollernring, is retained. Its old stock of trees will continue to bring plenty of greenery into the quarter in the future.

You can learn more on our architectural tour Ottensen.