Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

The urban development and open space planning ideas process that HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, together with the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and the Ministry of the Environment and Energy, had initiated for the new Grasbrook district on the southern bank of the Elbe has been completed. The public participation in the final phase and the final jury meeting were conducted in virtual form due to the corona crisis. The award-winning design by the Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt Landscape Architects team will now determine the overall urban and open-space planning image of the Grasbrook district.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

location plan Grasbrook © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

The new district of Grasbrook is located opposite HafenCity, on the southern bank of the Elbe, and will be the new district neighbour to the west of the Veddel. The district is intended to be a fine-grained, mixed and lively place, but at the same time it has the potential for a globally exemplary sustainable project that takes limited resources into account. Approximately 3,000 apartments, both rented and owned, are planned for cooperatives and building societies, a third of which are subsidised apartments. The social infrastructure, including primary school and daycare centers, as well as new local amenities, sports and cultural activities, will also be located here. In addition, around 16,000 jobs will be created. Through innovative use and mobility concepts as well as improved access to public transport and generous green spaces, the Grasbrook is expected to bring direct benefits to the people in the surrounding districts.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

For the urban and open space planning qualification of the new Grasbrook district of Hamburg, the objective was to create a high-quality functional planning with international participation as a basis for the subsequent development. The so-called competitive dialogue was chosen as the procedure, which allows for a continuous dialogue between the tenderers and planning offices and extensive public participation. As a particularly innovative element, open space planning was not processed as a “subsequent greening”, but as an equal competition component at the same time as urban development. The results of the comprehensive location analysis, the preliminary participation processes and initial approaches to the strategic innovation topics were incorporated as preliminary work.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

Grasbrook perspective 1 © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

The entire Grasbrook competition process, which started in September 2019, was accompanied by an intensive participation process, which met with an extraordinarily high level of public interest in a mixture of public events and online offerings. Neighbours from Veddel, Rothenburgsort, Wilhelmsburg and HafenCity as well as Hamburg residents were invited to actively participate in the ideas process through four Grasbrook workshops with different thematic focuses, online participation and outreach surveys. The results of the discussion process were documented, evaluated and already included in the task of the “Competitive Dialogue”. Most recently, in January 2020, citizens took up the offer of an all-day citizens’ workshop to provide the designing planning offices with personal suggestions and tips for the final preparation of the final drafts. A total of around 2,500 citizens contributed their suggestions, fears and ideas to the Grasbrook ideas process. We reported on this.

Even after the decision of the Competitive Dialogue, the next planning steps will be accompanied by a variety of public participation opportunities. The results of the Competitive Dialogue are expected to be publicly exhibited again in autumn 2020 with plans and models and discussed in various public discussion formats. In autumn 2020, formal public participation will also start in the context of the B-Plan procedure.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

Grasbrook perspective 2 © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

Since the first jury meeting on 3 December 2019, three selected international planning teams, each made up by the jury from an urban and open space planning office, have been working on concretising their ideas for the new Grasbrook district.

In the second and final jury meeting on 3 April, the jury, which was made up of various specialist disciplines and political representatives and chaired by Prof. Matthias Sauerbruch (sauerbruchhutton), awarded the following prizes.

  1. Price: Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd. (Basel) und VOGT Landschaftsarchitekten AG (Zurich)
  2. Price: Mandaworks AB (Stockholm) und Karres en Brands RB (Hilversum)
  3. Price: ADEPT ApS (Copenhagen) und Studio Vulkan Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH (Zurich)

These were special conditions under which this intensive one-and-a-half year process of ideas for Hamburg’s new Grasbrook district was completed. The corona pandemic required appropriate adjustments and innovative solutions. The planned public final presentation on the evening before the jury meeting was replaced by a 12-hour online participation. In order to come as close as possible to the original format, a comprehensive 20-minute video presentation and plans were provided for each team. Around 200 comments from interested citizens were received, evaluated overnight and brought to the jury meeting.

The all-day jury meeting the following day was also largely conducted in digital form as a video conference. For the jury members who were physically present, correspondingly large protective distances could be maintained in the 1,200 sqm hall of the Hamburg Cruise Center.

Urban planning ideas with Moldauhafenquartier, Hafentorquartier and Saalehafenquartier

With the award-winning design by the Herzog & den Meuron and Günter Vogt landscape architects team, the city has been given a “spatial timetable” that makes the leap across the Elbe River clear. With this design, Grasbrook is to become a new showcase district with a clear urban structure, with opportunities for sustainability innovations for a climate-neutral district.

For this purpose the Grasbrook was divided into three quarters: the Moldauhafen quarter, the Hafentor quarter and the Saalehafen quarter. In the middle, a five-hectare, elongated park, the city park “Veddelhöft”, is to be created with a lake, at the western tip of which the museum ship “Beijing” will later also be given its place. The large park is the core of the proposal, surrounded by residential areas. Existing listed buildings along the port facilities will be preserved and form a starting point for the new development.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

Grasbrook perspective 3 © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

The extensive canopy of the Übersee-Zentrum will become a central open space in the new quarter. A number of commercial buildings will run along the road axis in the east and the port area in the south. The Übersee-Zentrum at the Moldauhafen harbour with shops, cafés and a weekly market is directly connected to the neighbouring district of Veddel by a wide pedestrian bridge. The new Grasbrook U-4 station will be built above the water – on stilts in the basin of the Moldauhafen, opposite the “Überseemeile”. Three high-rise buildings are also planned around the basin of Moldauhafen harbour.

Herzog & de Meuron based the facades of the planned buildings on the existing Hamburg architecture. In the Moldauhafen quarter facing HafenCity, for example, there will be white plastered facades with wooden buildings behind them. In the other two quarters red brick is to dominate. From above, however, the buildings will have a uniform appearance: greenery and solar panels. The new quarter combines everything that makes up the quality of life in Hamburg: living and working in the middle of the city and at the same time by the water.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

Grasbrook perspective 4 © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

It is planned to complete the preliminary planning by summer 2021 with renewed intensive citizen participation.

The next steps are now the preparation of a detailed functional and development plan, the allocation of the plots of land and the further architectural planning of the individual buildings. The first building construction measures could begin in 2023.

Discover with us the newly planned Grasbrook district. You can learn more on our architectural tours.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Bettina Johae

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen in Copenhagen/Malmö, Anneke Bokern in Amsterdam/Rotterdam and Boris Strzelczyk in Valencia, we are moving on to New York City.

Fourth, our Guiding Architects partner Bettina Johae from aplusnyc in New York City reports.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. We bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Bettina Johae

1. what is the situation like in your city?
It’s pretty bad. NYC is very dense and most people rely on the subway for their commute. So no wonder we have the worst case load in the US, hospitals are already struggling and supplies are lacking and we are still at the beginning… Museums, galleries and schools are closed, as well as all non-essential businesses, restaurants so far are still allowed to offer take out; the High Line is closed, but in general parks and playgrounds are still open, but things change fast. We were informed on Sunday evening that the schools would not open the next day… So far school closures are announced until 4/20 and the museums are closed till 4/30, but there is a good chance that it will all last quite a bit longer.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Bettina Johae © a-tour

2. how do you look into the future?
I am not really counting on much tour business in 2020. If we are lucky, maybe the fall tours can happen. I am hoping for 2021, when everybody will probably be eager to see and experience architecture, art and cities in general. I think after this period of seclusion, we will all value much more what our cities and the world in general has to offer.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Bettina Johae

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
Many major museums already offer digital experiences…and I assume many others will follow:

The Guggenheim Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The MoMA offers tips for how to teach art to children and their film department curated a list of what to watch when you are stuck at home.

The Metropolitan Opera is offering every day free streamings of major performances from the past 14 years, each is available for 23 hours.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Brooklyn Bridge © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
More an initiative from the people: Many more people used bikes in the last weeks to commute to work.

Streets have been closed to cars to provide more space for New Yorkers to go outside while social distancing…right now the following are close, more will probably follow:

Manhattan: Park Avenue between 28th Street and 34th Street.
Brooklyn: Bushwick Avenue between Johnson Avenue and Flushing Avenue
Queens: 34th Avenue from 73rd Street to 80th Street
Bronx: Grand Concourse between East Burnside Avenue and 184th Street

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                         

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide – East Coast USA & West Coast USA by Sam Lubell, Phaidon (2 books)

Architecture from the couch: tips from Boris Strzelczyk

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen in Copenhagen/Malmö and Anneke Bokern in Amsterdam/Rotterdam have made the beginning, we are moving on to Spain.

Third, our Guiding Architects partner Boris Strzelczyk from GA Valencia in Valencia reports.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. We bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Boris Strzelczyk:

1. what is the situation like in your city?
We have curfew for one week and yesterday we were announced another 3 weeks. The city is completely empty and you are only allowed on the streets if you have a good reason for it. Police controls make sure that the population keeps to it.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Boris Strzelczyk © GA Valencia

2. how do you look into the future?
I expect that group trips will be completely cancelled in 2020. All tours have been cancelled and some have postponed the trip for a year. At the moment I’m letting the whole thing come up and want to wait and see how it develops the next weeks.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Boris Strzelczyk

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
Beats me. I know there are already online tours in some museums. These initiatives will probably increase in the next few weeks.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Valencia Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
At 20h00 all citizens of Spain stand on their balconies and applaud the hospital staff. It’s very emotional.

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                         

Oscar Niemeyer: A Vida é um Sopro ( Completo) / Life is a Breath (Full ) / english subtitles.

Jenfelder Au – Living on the former Lettow-Vorbeck barracks

On the approximately 35-hectare former site of the Lettow-Vorbeck barracks in Hamburg Jenfeld, the new urban quarter Jenfelder Au will be created by 2023 with several multi-storey residential construction projects as well as terraced and semi-detached houses with just over 1,000 residential units.

Jenfelder Au – living on the former Lettow-Vorbeck barracks

A new, central green axis with a newly created pond creates a quality of stay – it forms the backbone of the new Jenfelder Au district. For the first time, the “HAMBURG WATER Cycle®“, a novel wastewater concept from Hamburg Wasser, is being implemented on a large scale.

Jenfelder Au

Jenfelder Au Funktionsplan © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v, Rotterdam

The new Jenfelder Au district at the interface between Jenfeld and Tonndorf is intended to be attractive and affordable for families as well as for different generations, nationalities and income levels. Individual townhouses, mostly condominiums, and multi-storey apartment buildings will complement the housing offer in Jenfeld. In large areas, the urban development concept envisages ensembles of urban townhouse types, which will be combined and strung together in a variety of ways to create a varied townscape.

Jenfelder Au

Jenfelder Au Ansicht Kühnbachteich © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v, Rotterdam

A part of the barracks buildings from 1934/35 was listed as a historical monument and is to be preserved as a complete ensemble together with the former parade ground. Already today these are used by students of the Bundeswehr University. In the medium term they are to be converted for residential and social purposes.

Jenfelder Au

Jenfelder Au Wohnstrasse © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v, Rotterdam

The planning process for the new Jenfelder Au district was based on intensive communication between all those involved from the very beginning. The district conference and interested citizens were already able to contribute their own proposals to the presentation colloquia during the phase of the urban development and landscape planning competition. The winning design by Büro West 8 was based on a broad consensus of local stakeholders – from which the Jenfeld 23 development plan was derived.

Hamburg Water Cycle®

Another special feature is the use of water and energy. The city-owned infrastructure company Hamburg Wasser wants to implement the “HAMBURG WATER Cycle®” drainage concept on a large scale for the first time. Rainwater, black water (from toilets) and grey water (other wastewater) are collected and used separately. All households are equipped with vacuum toilets so that the collected black water can be fed into a biogas plant. The biogas produced will be used to generate climate-neutral heat and electricity for the new Jenfelder Au neighbourhood in the district’s own combined heat and power plant.

Discover the Jenfelder Au with us. You can learn more on our architectural tours.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anneke Bokern

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen from Copenhagen / Malmö started it, we are now heading to the Netherlands.

Second, our Guiding Architects partner Anneke Bokern from architour in Amsterdam / Rotterdam reports.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. We bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anneke Bokern:

1. what is the situation like in your city?
There are fewer confirmed infections in the Netherlands than in most countries, but there is not much testing either. The death toll is actually quite high. Most cases are in the south of the country, where the skiing holidays ended late and many returnees brought the virus with them from northern Italy. By and large, the Dutch are quite fearless – sometimes too much so. Last weekend there was bright sunshine here, and people drove to the beaches in hordes, where many did not respect the distance rules. The receipt came last night when the government issued a ban on assembly until 1 June. Restaurants will also have to stay closed until then. Those who do not comply will pay hefty fines. Accordingly, the mood is now rather grim.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Anneke Bokern © architour

2. how do you look into the future?
I’d rather not get into prophecies. Two weeks ago I thought that everything would go relatively smoothly and was therefore quite wrong. I hope above all that we don’t cause an economic crisis and that life will be relatively normal again.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anneke Bokern

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
All major museums in Amsterdam – Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Stedelijk – now offer online guided tours of the collection.

The collection of the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam can also be viewed as a 360° tour. But this is not due to Corona, but because the museum is closed anyway due to reconstruction.

How progressive Dutch museums are in the digital processing of works of art can also be seen (independently from Corona) at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. This online exhibition on Carel Fabritius’ “Goldfinch” is technically and editorially really insanely well done.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

EYE Film Institute and Adam Turm © architour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
The ‘Support Your Locals‘ box: This is a food box with products from small manufacturers who are suffering from the crisis and the lockdown because they otherwise mainly supply the catering trade.

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                     Matching the quarantine: Xavier de Maistre, Voyage autour de ma chambre (The journey around my room), e.g. as podcast here.

Billebecken to become a swimming pool

The district of Hamburg Mitte is pursuing a spectacular plan. The Billebecken (Bille Basin) in Hamburg Hamm is to become a swimming pool. A corresponding study is to be available in summer. A water sports center could also be built. The Billebecken is surrounded by an industrial area. But if the politicians in the district of Hamburg Mitte have their way, it could become a hotspot for Hamburgers and tourists. The district sees great potential in the northern part of the Bille Basin in Hamburg Hamm to make the east, which is close to the centre and characterised by industry, more liveable.

Billebecken to become a swimming pool

The first course has been set for this ambitious project.
The district assembly has already approved a motion that has been tabled. In this motion, the district authority is requested to commission a study on how the Billebecken will be developed and what an operating concept for a harbour bath at this location might look like.

Geplantes Hafenbad / Wassersportzentrum

Lage geplantes Hafenbad © Amt für Geoinformation und Vermessung Hamburg

The results of the study should be available in the summer. The aim is to have a timetable and concept for a swimming pool in the Billebecken available by the end of the year. In addition to the swimming pool, a modern water sports centre for rowers and canoeists is also being considered. In this way, the Billebecken could become a new place of urban nature for both Hamburg residents and guests.

Billebecken to become a swimming pool

The Billebecken in Hamburg Hamm runs between the Großmannstraße and the Ausschläger Billdeich. Denmark could serve as a model here. Examples are the Islands Brygge harbour pool or the Kastrup-Seabath in Copenhagen and the futuristic sea swimming pool in Aarhus, designed by the well-known Danish office BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).

Billebecken soll zum Schwimmbad werden

Kastrup-Seabath © scaledenmark

The plan is to integrate one or more swimming pools into the Billebecken – including jetties with sunbathing areas for bathers and catering. The question of the costs for the river pool remains. The “Mitte-Machen” programme is making around 100 million euros available for projects in eastern Hamburg until 2026. As soon as the study is available, it will be examined whether both the water sports centre and the river bath will be subsidised from these funds.

SPD parliamentary group chairman Piekatz has further ideas for the use of the Billebecken: Berths for houseboats, which could be used as offices, or other gastronomy on boats. However, it is particularly important to all parties involved that the industrial character of the area is preserved.

Discover the east of Hamburg with us. You can learn more on our architectural tour Hamburg East.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Bo Christiansen

The global impact of the coronavirus seems to stop the world in these times and turn all our lives upside down. Through our network for architectural guided tours Guiding Architects we are connected and in contact with our colleagues worldwide.

Since the majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world, we have considered bringing the world to you. We have asked our partners a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get some tips on how other countries deal with the situation and what you can see from home. Architecture from the couch.

We start with our Guiding Architects partner Bo Christiansen from Scaledenmark in Copenhagen / Malmö.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Bo Christiansen:

1. what is the situation like in your city?
SUNNY & BRIGHT & HOMEOFFICES
Due to the lockdown more people than ever are going outside to enjoy the sunny weather. The popular walking spaces are crowded with Copenhageners in the weekend, when the home office is closed. But crowded also means possible contact. Therefore the police is taking measures, such as installing a one way street along our beloved lakes. Luckily there are still many hidden gems which offer as much green and sun. NB 10 PAX allowed to gather at this point !

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Bo Christansen © scaledenmark

2. how do you look into the future?
WITH CURRIOSITY
Every crisis offers an opportunity to learn. We hope that in the future these lessons will be take into practice. We are very curious to see what will happen after this. Work / life is currently being explored in news ways, maybe a near future could allow for a 30 hour working week whereas the fifth day will be a Skype-day from home. All the more we will have to help define what a resilient city looks like.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Bo Christiansen

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
If you missed BIGs exhibition in the Danish Architecture Center last fall, no worries! You can get a virtual tour through this link.

Besides that is the Database of DAC a very good way to explore Copenhagens architecture.

Or check out our instagram @exploringcopenhagen_

The art collective DIS that would have exhibited “What do people do all day?” in Kunsthal Charlottenborg has cooperated with the museum to open “art’s answer to Netflix”. You can find this here.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

vmhouse © scaledenmark

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
Right after the semi-lockdown the Danish bassist Mathæus Bech started the so called “Coronaconcerts”. He invites artists in his living room and streams this live and for free. But of course, if you can spare a penny, you can transfer some money directly to the artist.

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?

www.exploringcopenhagen.dk

www.globaldkpodcast.com/bo-christiansen

The cultural tips from Prof. Winking

This month the cultural tips from Prof. Winking.

Where do Hamburg’s architects prefer to go? Hamburg architects regularly report here what they like best in Hamburg.

What is also recommendable away from the big attractions? Whether restaurant or concert, an exciting building or an exhibition. Let us inspire you!

This questionnaire is filled out by Prof. Winking

The cultural tips from Prof. Winking

Prof. Winking © Winking · Froh Architekten GmbH

For the light muse: Hansa Varieté Theater
because: surprising, versatile programme.

For those who like to experiment: Thalia Theater
because:
classical, partly daring productions.

The cultural tips from Prof. Winking

Which is not to be missed: Old Elbe Tunnel
because: absolutely unique.

Favourite projects

Your favourite building: Jarrestadt Winterhude
because: Housing project of the 1920s and 1930s,
Central block and row houses by Karl Schneider and school by Fritz Schumacher.

Your own favourite project from your office: Spiegel Island
because: it was possible to transform an ensemble of the 1960s that was intended purely for office use
with three new buildings into an open, mixed-use quarter. Werner Kallmorgen’s two office high-rises from 1967 and 1969 were renovated in line with the requirements of a listed building and equipped with modern building services, fire and noise protection. The three new buildings have a design that is restrained by their equal height and their elegant façade language. The skyscrapers that characterise the cityscape have thus been given a new, connecting base that links Speicherstadt and HafenCity with an outdoor space that is open to the public.

The cultural tips from Prof. Winking

Spiegelinsel © Bautsch, Winking · Froh Architekten GmbH

Biography

Vita Winking office – Froh Architekten GmbH

1968 Foundation of the Patschan Werner Winking architectural association
1988 New formation of the Patschan Winking architectural association
1993 Office of Prof. Bernhard Winking Architekten BDA in Hamburg and Berlin
1997 Partnership with Kai Böckler and Martin Froh
1998-2008 Summer School in Cluj, Romania
2008 Partnership with Martin Froh
2004 Visiting Professor for Architecture, Design and Urban Design at the Taiyuan Institute of Architecture, Design and Research in Hangzhou, China
2011 Office Winking – Froh Architekten BDA
2014 Office Winking – Froh Architekten GmbH

Future made in Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie and HafenCity were just the beginning. The city has big plans: a skyscraper at the river Elbe, a park above the Reeperbahn and a brand new “Oxford” at Volkspark.

To defend its title as an “energetic city in terms of urban development”, Hamburg is giving it its all: not only has the Hanseatic city built a completely new district with HafenCity since 2001, it has also created a unique landmark with the Elbphilharmonie. In addition to ongoing projects such as HafenCity – Europe’s largest inner-city development project is expected to be completed by 2030 – or the Neue Mitte Altona, new quarters are also being built on Kleiner Grasbrook in the harbour area, on the former Beiersdorf site in Eimsbüttel or in Oberbillwerder near Bergedorf.

The Elbtower, Future made in Hamburg

West view from Baakenhafen © Hosoya Schaefer und Chipperfield

But the city has even bigger plans for its future: a skyscraper at the river Elbe, the planned Elbtower by David Chipperfield Architects, almost 245 meters high according to current designs and thus, when completed in 2025, the city’s second-highest building. According to the city, the architecture of the Elbtower is to blend seamlessly into the skyline, as a major final project in HafenCity. This is ensured, among other things, by the stepped base of the Tower, which faces the city centre. In addition to retail, gastronomy and a hotel, the Tower will accommodate co-working spaces, fitness and wellness areas, a “Kinderland” and office space.

Future made in Hamburg

Oberbillwerder in the Bergedorf district is not only Hamburg’s second largest urban development project; it will also become the 105th district of the Hanseatic city. As a model city district “Active City”, sport, exercise and health will play a central role here. In 2019, the Hamburg Senate approved the Oberbillwerder master plan on the basis of the winning design of the Danish-Dutch planning team ADEPT with Karres + Brands. On 124 hectares, around 7000 residential units are to be built, plus up to 5,000 jobs, an education and community centre, 2 primary schools, up to 14 day-care centres and as many social facilities. 11 mobility hubs, around 28 hectares of public green and open spaces with numerous playgrounds, as well as a large activity park and a swimming pool are also part of the planning.

Future made in Hamburg

Science City © Matthias Friedel BSW

Science City: An entire science district is to be built on 125 hectares in western Bahrenfeld.
Hamburg’s Bahrenfeld is already a player on the global science stage thanks to housing a number of leading science institutes, including the research and technology centre DESY and parts of the University of Hamburg, making the district an ideal choice to hold high the torch of science and innovation in Hamburg as Science City Bahrenfeld. With the anticipated DESY expansions and the resettlement of many of the University of Hamburg’s science departments, there is even more incentive to develop the surrounding Bahrenfeld neighbourhood into an area dedicated to nurturing scientific research and innovation. The first architectural competitions will start in 2020, and by 2040 “Germany’s Oxford” should be ready. Squares and green spaces in the quarter are to offer flowing transitions to the adjacent Volkspark. A group of architects, urban planners and landscape architects drew up the first drafts. Institutes and start-ups are also to find space in Science City, as well as around 2,500 apartments, day-care centres and schools.

Then there is the educational campus “Life Hamburg” in Bramfeld, planned by Benjamin and Janina Lin Otto. “Life Hamburg” is the working title for their lighthouse project, in which not only a day- care centre, school and university meet in a futuristic building, but also start-up companies, further education and health services – all on an area of 20,000 square meters, designed for 2,000 people. First drafts by LAVA architects show “Life Hamburg” in the shape of a horizontal eight. Together with the urban agricultural collective Cityplot LIFE Hamburg, LAVA designed a new building with three levels, which is completely energy self-sufficient and combines interior and exterior into a continuous landscape. A lot of wood will be used and a very large roof garden will be created. Within the next three to four years, the new building will be constructed close to the Otto headquarters.

Learn more about the individual projects on our architectural tours. Discover “Future made in Hamburg”.

Ground-breaking ceremony for denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof

The Documentation Centre at Lohsepark will serve as a learning centre to complete the memorial site denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof at and in Lohsepark in HafenCity. Construction work on the Documentation Centre began with a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday, February 17, 2020.

denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof

Documentation Centre © Wandel Lorch Architekten

Since 2017, a memorial site in Lohsepark has commemorated the deportation of over 8,000 Jews, Romnja and Roma as well as Sintezza and Sinti. Between 1940 and 1945, they were deported via the former Hanoverian railway station to ghettos, concentration and extermination camps, where most of them were murdered. In the newly created Documentation Centre, a permanent exhibition will shed light on these crimes and on the deportation of mostly political opponents to the war effort, placing them in the context of National Socialist persecution policies. The Documentation Centre is intended to be a place of learning with innovative formats, especially for young people. It is being built on the ground floor of an office and hotel building being constructed by the Müller-Spreer Group and is scheduled to open in 2023 according to current plans.

Ground-breaking ceremony for the documentation centre denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof

The documentation centre will have a total area of around 800 square meters. The main focus of the new learning center in Hamburg’s HafenCity is to provide information on the racist persecution of more than 8,000 Jews, Sintezza and Sinti, as well as Romnja and Roma, who were deported from Hamburg and northern Germany between 1940 and 1945 in 20 transports to ghettos, concentration camps and extermination camps. Most of them were murdered. Information is also provided on the persecution and deportation of over 1,000 mostly political opponents of the Nazi regime to the Wehrmacht’s “Bewährungsbataillon 999” (999 probation battalion), hundreds of whom died in dangerous war missions. The close cooperation between the police, the Reichsbahn and the Hamburg authorities, the actions of perpetrators at various levels and the behaviour of those who profited or did nothing to prevent the crimes are also presented.

The permanent exhibition is designed by a scientific team of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial Site.
Numerous civil society actors are involved in the development.

The Documentation Centre will be located on the ground floor of an office and hotel building which the Müller-Spreer Group is constructing according to a design by the Wandel Lorch architectural office. The Müller-Spreer Group will operate the hotel itself in cooperation with the Grill Royal Berlin.

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Ground-breaking ceremony for the documentation centre denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof © Behörde für Kultur und Medien

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Between 1940 and 1945 more than 8,000 Jews, Romnja and Roma as well as Sintezza and Sinti were deported from the Hanover train station to ghettos, concentration and extermination camps. The site of the former railway station is now located in the middle of Lohsepark in HafenCity. The memorial and learning site consists of three elements: From the historic forecourt of the former Hanoverian railway station, Lohseplatz, a so-called joint runs right across the park to historic platform 2, which has been listed as a historical monument, and traces the former course of the tracks. Lohseplatz and Fuge are the first element and were opened in summer 2016 together with the entire Lohsepark. The second element followed in 2017, namely the opening of the central memorial to the historical relics of the edge of platform 2, from which the deportations departed, as well as to the preserved tracks of the former Hanoverian railway station. 20 name plaques here commemorate the more than 8,000 people deported from here. The third element, the Documentation Centre, is a place of learning in visual relation to the historical memorial ensemble.