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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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)


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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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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.

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