Hamburg Innovation Port

MVRDV with co-architects morePlatz have won a competition to design the masterplan of the Hamburg Innovation Port, a new 70.000 square meter waterfront development that will add to the high-tech hub of Channel Harburg in Hanse City, Hamburg. The plan for the mixed-use development uses a fusion of existing port typologies and dynamic architectural interventions to create a network of buildings containing hotels, laboratories, research facilities, offices for start-ups and a conference center.

Located on the site of the old Harburger Schloss waterways, the planned development has been organized around a system of alleys between the street and harbor basin. A three-story plinth containing a variety of public spaces borrows from the harbor typology, and in a later phase, will connect to surrounding buildings via a series of skybridges. On top of the plinth, increasingly glazed facades provide light and views to laboratories, and higher up, flexible office spaces. In the building’s center, special program volumes will contain restaurants, cafeterias and libraries.

Hamburg Innovation Port

On the building roofs, occupiable green spaces have been arranged to create a park-like atmosphere linked by the skybridges, while arrays of solar cells will help provide energy to the complex. The interiors of the bridges feature flexible space that can be adapted to create large office areas. Parking, meanwhile, has been placed underground and out of sight, and is accessible through one communal entrance.

Hamburg Innovation Port

Hamburg Innovation Port © MVRDV

Most of the complex will be ground-up construction, but one existing hall on site will be transformed to be used for temporary activities and to support construction of future phases. An additional floating building accessible via a jetty with contain a hotel.

The plan is designed to be built in stages with the flexibility for possible program changes as the construction progresses. This will allow each of the five buildings to be realized independently.

The competition was organized by Hamburg construction company HC Hageman. Hadi Teherani Architects have also been selected to build one of the architectural projects. The total budget for the project is estimated at 150 million euros.

Hamburg Innovation Port

Hamburg Innovation Port © MVRDV

Hamburg Innovation Port

Hamburg Innovation Port © MVRDV

Hamburg Innovation Port

Hamburg Innovation Port © MVRDV

 

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

Due to the success of the trip we did in May together with our guiding-architects Partner GA Rio de Janeiro, we decided to do another architecture trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia from 18th to 27th November this year. The tours will be held in German. Find the program here.

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Praça Popular Caminho, Oscar Niemeyer, Niteroi © a-tour

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Brasilia © a-tour

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Quartel General do Exércitoscar, Oscar Niemeyer, Brasilia © a-tour

architecture trip to Brazil

architecture trip to Brazil, Inhotim, Centro de Arte Contemporânea © a-tour

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro © a-tour

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Museu de Arte Contemporanea MAC, Oscar Niemeyer, Niteroi © a-tour

 

 

 

 

Elbphilharmonie

Another milestone towards an extraordinary acoustic is achieved: the 6,000 square metre – and worldwide unique – wall and ceiling membrane in the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie is finished. In addition to room geometry and materials, the so-called “Weisse Haut” is responsible for the perfect distribution of sound in the concert hall.

Important step towards opening 

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

The design, construction, manufacturing and installation of the ceilings and wall surfaces in the Main Concert Hall, the so-called “Weisse Haut”, is one of the most complex developments for the Elbphilharmonie. Its specific surface texture plays a vital role in the acoustics of the concert hall. These highly dense and extremely heavy engineered gypsumfibre board panels reflect sound, which is then directed and scattered by the countless seashell-shaped milled depressions. Approximately 10’000 panels in total are now installed. The completion of the “Weisse Haut” is the last contractual deadline before the handover of the building later this year.

“White skin” completed by contract date

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

Jacques Herzog, of the Swiss architecture firm, Herzog & de Neuron that designed the concert house, said: “The distribution of sound in the concert hall is crucial to the quality of the acoustics. To this end, the geometry of the hall, the materials used and the surface structure has to match each other perfectly.” The special structure and the fluent transition between walls and ceiling give the concert hall something natural. The surface structure was developed by Herzog & de Meuron after conducting intense research into the material and doing several form studies and patterns, in close collaboration with the Japanese acoustician, Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, and implemented by Hochtief.

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

The vineyard principle in the grand hall creates a special closeness between audience and artists. A maximum distance of 30 metres between the conductor and the audience in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg will bring music closer than in any other concert hall worldwide.

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

Campus Tower

Delugan Meissl has won the competition for the so-called Campus Tower in the eastern part of Hamburg`s HafenCity.

The building is divided into three parts, which are determined by the means of contextual parameters:
an architrave block, a waler and a head. This partition creates on the one hand a strong identity of
the whole ensemble as an urbanistic prelude for the development of the Baakenhafen, on the other hand generates urban qualities inside the building.

Special functions, such as the Start Up and HCU offices on the first floor, the access to the roof terrace with a connected office and meeting area on the seventh floor as well as a bar with a 360° view between the head of the building and the shed roof are located within the breaks subdividing the building. At the same time, the settling out of the head of the tower creates a sort of beacon effect radiating far beyond the borders of the property, thus guaranteeing a landmark effect from afar.

Two materials shape the outer appearance of the building. The opaque areas are wainscoted with dark concrete slabs; the translucent zones are designed as extroverted areas, which are concluded through deflector panes. This solution accommodates the requirements of noise protection, while allowing for a sense of openness thanks to the windows.

Campus Tower HafenCity by Delugan Meissl 

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Campus Tower © Delugan Meisel

The external sunscreen is positioned between the deflector panes and the thermic shell and is therefore protected from wind and weather influences. The pattern dividing the façade follows the inner structure of the building; the opaque elements in the area of the pillars and the railing are reduced at the top. In consequence, this measure creates a self-contained elegance as well as an added value and a better view for the higher levels, while at the same time offering a cost effective solution and an energetically reasonable proportion between the transparent and the opaque materials. The structure of the façade carries on at the ground floor with large scale windows, which are connected to the opaque front.

The 360° bar located on the rooftop enables diversified visual relations to the Hafencity, the Baakenhafen, as well as to Hamburg’s city center. A filigree elevation is created thanks to the shed roof reduced towards the exterior as well as its mirrored soffit; the activities within the building are visible from the street in the evenings.

An exciting project that will enrich Hamburg’s HafenCity in future.

Überseequartier

The multifaceted interplay between the individual architectural designs now generates a unified urban panorama whose spectacular climax is a waterfront on the River Elbe. With its diverse, integrated uses and interaction between different buildings – red brick in the center and light-colored façades by the Elbe – Überseequartier forms the exciting core of a new downtown. Involved in the project are internationally renowned architects such as Pritzker prizewinner Christian de Portzamparc and UNStudio as well as eminent architects from Hamburg and elsewhere in Germany. A new land-use plan is being drafted that will form the basis for building applications and for granting approvals. Unibail-Rodamco will begin construction 2017; completion of the central areas of southern Überseequartier can be expected by 2021.

With a mix of retail, catering, residential and entertainment uses, plus the cruise terminal and hotel and office space, Überseequartier is the commercial heart of HafenCity. Northern Überseequartier is almost complete and boasts a multitude of shops and restaurants, a hotel and apartments. Development of the southern part was delayed, but the breakthrough came here a year ago. December 2014, Unibail-Rodamco – Europe’s leading listed commercial property company – took over responsibility for overall development and completion. Throughout Europe the company creates inspiring spaces where modern design is coupled with outstanding locations and a high level of comfort. The result is places where people feel at ease and want to linger. Around €860 million is being invested in Überseequartier, currently the company’s most important development project. A new place to live and work is emerging on 260,000 m², of which about 80,500 m² is for retail, about 55,000 m² for residential and about 65,000 m² for office uses. Culture and entertainment will cover about 12,000 m², catering about 8,000 m² and hotels about 40,000 m².

In the course of the change to Unibail-Rodamco as new project leader, the use concept and urban-planning structure of southern Überseequartier were comprehensively reworked. The opportunity was taken to make the retail component more attractive, to reduce the share of office space and increase residential areas, and to integrate the cruise terminal better into the urban landscape. Retail space in southern Überseequartier will be accommodated on three stories – basement, upper ground and first floor – with circular walkways on the two lower levels. This will make a mix of store sizes possible and give scope for generous storefronts. Buildings south of the subway will be protected against wind and rain by a glass roof and altered positioning. The shopping experience will be greatly improved as a result, even though – in comparison to a fully air-conditioned mall – the open thoroughfare between the buildings will be maintained.

As well as Christian de Portzamparc, who is also responsible for the design of the Cruise Center, the other architects involved in reworking the plans were Carsten Roth Architekt, léonwohlhage, kbnk, Hild und K Architekten, Böge Lindner K2 Architekten, Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, UNStudio plus BB+GG arquitectes for the open spaces, Saguez & Partners for the interior design and Sobek Design for the roof construction.

HPP International was chosen as the master planner for coordinating the individual projects and making sure the high design standards are met. As is generally the case in HafenCity and for all of Unibail-Rodamco’s projects, high sustainability criteria are met in southern Überseequartier, too. All of the buildings have either HafenCity gold Ecolabel certification or meet the international BREEAM Excellent Standard.

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© Unibail-Rodamco moka-studio

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© Unibail-Rodamco moka-studio

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© a-tour

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© a-tour

REALDANIA

Danish client REALDANIA and its 9 PAX local interest group Ejerboligforum participated in a 3-days program develped in co-operation from a-tour and our guiding-architects partner scaledenamrk.

The group was exploring the former stigmatized and now up and coming neigbourhood Wilhelsburg – transformtions within the city of Hamburg as well as the all an above Hafen City with its future crown jewel Elbphilharmonie.

Despite the diversity and individuallity of the group it semed that the majority was able to discover and bring take aways home from the trip!

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© scaledenmark

Elbphilharmonie is under construction – again

Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall will be a unique landmark for Hamburg. Swiss star architects Herzog & de Meuron are erecting a spectacular concert venue within the walls of mighty Kaispeicher A, a cocoa warehouse built between 1963 and 1966 by architect Werner Kallmorgen.

However, construction of the concert hall was interrupted since 2008 by disputes between the developer and the building contractor. In April 2013 the City of Hamburg finally approved a new organization of the project, which guarantees completion of the whole building by the end of October 2016.

Although the core of the old Kaispeicher A was completely removed, its cubic shape and brick façades remain intact. Thus, a worldwide unique architectonic hybrid is emerging, which will also house a five-star hotel, a conference center and 45 apartments. The former warehouse will be crowned by an undulating, curved and inclining glass structure, blending historic port architecture and contemporary architectural creativity, port tradition and the district’s new identity. A public plaza offering fantastic views of the harbor, HafenCity, the River Elbe and the city will take shape at a height of 37 meters on the brick building below the new glass structure.

Two thirds of the gutted warehouse will be used for car parking, but backstage areas and places for musical education will be accommodated here as well. The new glass superstructure, almost 110 meters high, will contain two large auditoriums holding audiences of 2,150 and 550 respectively.

The Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall will become a unique location for performances of classical music, music of the 21st century and sophisticated musical entertainment. The opening is now scheduled for spring 2017.

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Elbphilharmonie © Herzog de Meuron

 

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