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THE HAFENCITY is definitely the most ambitious development project in Hamburg. To the south and east of the historical warehouse-city 'Speicherstadt' 155 hectares of former harbour area are to be redeveloped. After winning an international urban design competition, the Rotterdam-based office KCAP worked out a masterplan for the area in collaboration with the city planning department.

The first phase has been accomplished and the western and center part of Hafencity are already inhabited and functioning. The freestanding and U-shaped urban blocks at the Sandtorhafen and on the Dalmannkai are situated on on a dike for flood protection reasons, which inside also provides the parking places. The combination of the impressive Speicherstadt ensemble with its old warehouses on the one side and the old harbours on the other side of the river provides an exceptional surrounding to these new buildings. The monumental Kaispeicher A (by Werner Kallmorgen) in exposed position serves as a basis for the future landmark: the Elbphilharmonie, a new concert hall designed by Herzog & De Meuron. In the starting phase the the wealthy citizens of Hamburg played a big role in raising funding for the project.

The Überseequartier is intended to be an extension of the existing city centre towards the Elbe river. Internationally operating companies such as SAP, Unilever and Kühne& Nagel built their new headquarters in the Hafencity. A primary school and a variety of restaurants and cafes enrich the diversity of functions. The public spaces are designed by the Spanish offices EMBT and , their terraces on the water create a Mediterranean atmosphere. At the end of the main boulevard a (still temporary) cruiseship terminal welcomes naval tourists to the city.

The energy of the area is supplied by decentralized / local heat power plants as well as the connection to the Hamburg district heating net, while newly constructed buildings are asked to meet high demands of energy saving. A new underground line provides an efficient public transport connection.


Topics: 24-hour-city, conversion of harbour areas, waterfront, warehouses, city tourism, waterfront promenade and water squares, flood water protection, underground, hand over procedure (Anhandgabeverfahren), renewable energies.

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