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ALTONA 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.

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