World Heritage Site

Speicherstadt and the adjacent Kontorhaus district are two densely built urban areas in the centre of the port city of Hamburg. Speicherstadt was originally developed on a group of narrow islands in the Elbe River between 1885 and 1927. It is one of the largest coherent historic ensembles of port warehouses in the world (300.000 sqm). It includes 15 very large warehouse blocks as well as six ancillary buildings and a connecting network of short canals. Adjacent to the modernist Chilehaus office building, the Kontorhaus district is an area of over five hectares featuring six very large office complexes
built from the 1920s to the 1940s to house port-related businesses. The complex exemplifies the effects of the rapid growth in international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

UNESCO has appointed Hamburg`s Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel to World Heritage Site.
The World Heritage Committee decided the admission at their meeting in Bonn last Sunday.
It is the first World Heritage Site for Hamburg, thereby there are 40 cultural and natural
monuments in Germany on the Unesco World Heritage List. Worldwide there are over a thousand.

The Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel are already one of the tourist highlights in Hamburg.
The appointment to World Heritage site will contribute to a considerable extent  to the international publicity of Hamburg.


Chilehaus © Daniel Sumesgutner

Olympic City Masterplan Hamburg 2024

Internationally renowned architects take on Olympic City Masterplan Hamburg 2024

Hamburg is the official German nominee for hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Part of the plan is to use the Kleiner Grasbrook area, which is technically an island but within easy walking distance from downtown, for the Olympic park.

On 23 June, the architects and planners involved will invite the general public to view and discussing the draft of the future masterplan for Kleiner Grasbrook and to hear about latest developments in regard to Hamburg’s Olympic bid.


© KCAP, gmp, Arup, VOGT, WES, Kunst+Herbert, ARGUS, Drees & Sommer

Guiding Architects

Ever since its beginnings in 2004, the Guiding Architects network has held an annual meeting in one of its member locations. From 20 to 22 February 2015, the 11th Guiding Architects meeting will take place in Turin and Milan.

At the meetings, the partners from all our destinations get together for a few days, making new plans for the network and exchanging experiences and ideas for their guiding businesses. New members present themselves and get to know the others. Most importantly, though, there’s a lot of socializing going on, and there’s also a chance to get to know the destination during guided architecture tours, provided by the local partners.

So far we’ve had meetings in Zurich, Berlin, Vienna, Porto, Rome, Ruhr area, Barcelona, Athens, Dubai, Istanbul and Copenhagen. 2015 the meeting will be organized by our partner To(ur)arch from Turin.

We’re looking forward to some productive sessions, meetings with old friends, visits to spectacular architecture and, of course, great Italian food and wine!


© guiding-architects

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