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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You can learn more about our network here.

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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You can learn more about our network here.

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.

You can learn more about our network here.

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.

New building of the centre for studies and doctoral training at Hamburg University of Technology

The structural work on the new Centre for Studies and Doctoral Training (ZSP) at the Hamburg Harburg University of Technology (TUHH) has been completed and the building project is now entering its final construction phase. The new building was designed by DFZ Architekten. It is being realised by the Sprinkenhof GmbH on behalf of the Authority for Science, Research and Equality. The move into the new ZSP is planned for December 2020.

Centre for Studies and Doctoral Training TUHH

Centre for Studies and Doctoral Training TUHH © Sprinkenhof GmbH / DFZ Architekten

On three floors with a total of 1,936 m² gross floor area (GFA), the building will mainly provide rooms for student working groups and junior professorships, office space and a doctoral examination room for 70 people. In addition, a cafeteria will be set up. In total, the TUHH will have a building area of over 68,000 m² at its disposal.

The reason for the new building is the increased space requirements of the TUHH for student teaching and learning rooms. Research also has a place in the ZSP: the TUHH Institute of Hydraulic Engineering is planning to erect experimental setups on the greened flat roof. Here, the rainwater retention capacity of different green roof superstructures will be investigated.

New building of the centre for studies and doctoral training at the TUHH by DFZ Architekten

Topographical projections and characteristics shape the inside of the building, dividing it on the ground floor into the lower-lying public area with foyer and café and the doctoral examination and seminar area, reachable by a staircase. High ceilings on the lower level give the café a bright and welcoming feel.

Workspaces for the students are found on the upper floors. The two-meter-deep incision in the west of the building, starting from the first floor, is a reaction to the existing protected trees. On the first floor this feature is used to create an outdoor area for the students.

The move into the new Centre for Studies and Doctoral Training of the TUHH is planned for December 2020

The playful arrangement of floor to ceiling glass elements and closed facades achieves a vertically oriented, keyboard-like appearance. The closed areas are composed of metal panels of varying widths, similar to those found on the extensions of the main building. The material creates a deliberate contrast to the existing brick buildings while its colour references the red brick dominant in the surrounding buildings, creating a harmonious ensemble.

You can learn more on our architectural tour IBA.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anna Jens and Frauke Larsson

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Diego Baloain in Santiago de Chile and Sebastian Beck in São Paulo, we are moving on to the United Kingdom.

Next up are our Guiding Architects partner Anna Jens and Frauke Larsson from GA London in London.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. So we thought 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 Anna Jens and Frauke Larsson

1. what is the situation like in your city?
London and the UK have been in lockdown since 23 March – relatively late compared to other countries and London has been hit quite hard due to a very underfunded health system. Unfortunately, our government did not take the virus very seriously at first, so our Prime Minister, as you know, ended up in intensive care.

Apart from the vital shops like supermarkets and pharmacies, everything is closed and you are not allowed to leave the house or travel unnecessarily. Especially for the poor and homeless the situation is very hard.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Anna Jens © a-tour

2. how do you look into the future?
It’s hard to say at the moment, but it’s unlikely that things will return to normal in the foreseeable future – because the government has been so slow to react and doesn’t carry out many tests. The numbers are skyrocketing at the moment and it is likely that London will soon be the European epicentre.

As far as our business is concerned, it’s hard to say, obviously there are no tours taking place at the moment and in the foreseeable future – not a good time to start!

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anna Jens and Frauke Larsson

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?

Most museums offer some kind of free online exhibition, please see below:

Tate Modern
National Gallery
British Museum

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Museum of Architecture © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
If anything, I think the government and everyone else sees the essential jobs differently – especially the NHS (National Health Service) and it’s nice that there’s a lot of solidarity.

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?                                                                         

A nice podcast focusing on British architecture and British architects, but also architecture theory. Or the Bartlett International Lecture Series (12-13, 13-14) with some interesting entrances

Architecture from the couch: tips from Sebastian Beck

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Zeynep Kuban in Istanbul and Diego Baloain in Santiago de Chile, we are moving on to Brasil.

Next up is our Guiding Architects partner Sebastian Beck from ARCHIPEL* in São Paulo.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. So we thought 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 Sebastian Beck

1. what is the situation like in your city?
We have had clear restrictions from the state government in São Paulo for four weeks. São Paulo is the state with the highest number of infections with Covid-19 in Brazil and Latin America. Most people stay at home in strict quarantine, but some people cannot follow the rules because of financial aspects and precarious housing situations. The public health system is not really well prepared for the upcoming number of infected people.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Sebastian Beck © a-tour

2. how do you look into the future?
Negative. The political, economic and financial situation was already quite difficult before Corona. The government with the current president Jair Bolsonaro does not promise anything good for the time after the Corona crisis. A terrible crisis management, full of contradictions and serious mistakes, suggests that Brazil is heading for difficult times.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Sebastian Beck

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?

Virtual visit at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo

Virtual visit at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo MASP

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

MASP Museu de Arte São Paulo © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
Unfortunately I could not find any positive initiative from the city. Positive activities are proposed by private initiatives. Since we have a strong architecture network in São Paulo, there are always live conferences on youtube or instagram with high participation.

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?                                                                                   Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will, Judith Schalansky, Penguin Books (I’m not sure, if we can consider it an architecture book 😉 , but maybe a book for architects in corona times…)

Architecture from the couch: tips from Diego Baloain

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen in Copenhagen/Malmö, Anneke Bokern in Amsterdam/Rotterdam, Boris Strzelczyk in Valencia, Bettina Johae in New York, Cristina Silva in Porto/Lisbon and Zeynep Kuban in Istanbul, we are moving on to Chile.

Next up is our Guiding Architects partner Diego Baloain from Massantiago in Santiago de Chile.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. So we thought 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 Diego Baloain

1. what is the situation like in your city?
Here in Santiago the restrictions vary depending on the district; some are under a total lockdown and other ones are with partial restrictions. But we are mostly in a voluntary quarantine, the people in general behave responsibly and everything is closed except the basic supply stores and basic services.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Diego Baloian © Massantiago

2. how do you look into the future?
The data here is still confusing, the mortality rate is low, because we have a young population and so far the public health system has not collapsed, but the numbers are increasing and the future is very uncertain. The peak of the pandemic is estimated to arrive by the end of April, so our indoor life will continue for a few months. Thus, the economic crisis will be ruthless, especially for the poor people who live on a daily income. Nevertheless, the people in Chile are used to deal with natural disasters (earthquakes and tsunamis) and therefore, in these situations there is a strong sense of unity, which I think will really help us handle this crisis with solidarity.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Diego Baloain

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?

I recommend to visit:
Precolumbian Arts Museum
Nationl History Museum
Chile Explora

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Monasterio de los Benedictino © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
I don’t really find a public initiative from the city, every district is very independent here in Santiago. But the central government has initiated a series of social and economic measures and also the people are being very supportive.

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?                                                                         

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