belonged to the Danish kingdom until 1864, and after being independent
for a while it became part of Hamburg in 1938. Altona, and specifically
the neighbourhood Ottensen, is defined by old residential architecture,
which attracted students, young academics and creative people during
the last years. Next to the lively atmosphere which these new
inhabitants brought with them, also the old factories contribute to the
charm of this district .
It all started with the
"Fabrik" (Factory) in 1971, the place-to-be for jazz and blues concerts
in Hamburg. During the years more and more of the factories stopped
working and were reused for other purposes. One important example are
the Zeisehallen, a factory producing ship propellers, now housing a
library, a cinema, restaurants and shops. A more recent project is the
conversion of the old gas works in Bahrenfeld. This site has become a
kind of industrial park with apartments, commercial space, small
enterprises, and two hotels.
This new definition of an
old neighbourhood can be also noticed in a couple of smaller projects,
such as architectural infills in existing structures and contemporary
architecture searching the dialogue with the historic one.
designed by me di um, BRT Architekten, Spengler Wiescholek, Klaus Peter
Lange, Reinhard Hagemann Architekten, Thomas Lau, Trabitsch Architekten
and many others