Hafencity 2016 Architecture in the new city district

For the development of management In 1997 the "Society of port and site development" (GHS) was founded. Since 2004 it is registred under HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. The definition of objectives are very largely. A new peace of urban developemant has to find architectoral establishments. Old warehouses have to be removed, a subway has to supply the future residents and the complete infrastructure for more than 14.000 inhabitants must be installed. A bit more than half of the planned buildings are completed today. I picked some of the remarkable buildings to show on the next pages.

Reflections in the window of Unilever house next to the Hamburg Cruise Center

Pantaenius house, built by David Chipperfield architects from Berlin, next to the Magellan terrace, Hafencity

The oval shaped coffee plaza tower by Richard Meier & Partners architects at the Sandtorpark, Hafencity

The most remarkable building in the new Hafencity is obviously the Elbphilharmonie. It is set on the old warehouse Kaispeicher. The new building includes three concert halls, a hotel, apartments and a plaza in 37 meters hight.

The Elbphilharmonie will be the new landmark of the Hansestadt Hamburg.

The building was created by Herzog & de Meuron architects, Basel and the master planning by Höhler + Partner architects and engineers

See what the warehouse Kaiserspeicher looked in the beginning of 20th century

Full moon behind the Elbphilharmonie

Another distinctive architectural design are the Unilever house and the Marco Polo Tower. The 17 storeys building stands in front of the Unilever building. Both are designed by Behnisch architects from Stuttgart.

The turned levels of the tower lat him look like a sculpture. The project won prices such as Green Good Design Award, MIPIM Award Category Residential Development or the European Prime Property Award "Best high-rise development Germany"

East Coast Restaurant

The restaurant East Coast in front of the Marco Polo tower is a collaborative project of Sansibar, the most famous beach bar on the northern island Sylt, and the East Hotel based in Hamburg.

East Coast Restaurant

Unilever house and the Marco Polo tower, designed by Behnisch architects, Stuttgart

East Coast Restaurant with Sylt flair
Ice cream Café on the ground floor of Unilever house

Another building I like very much is the Sumatrakontor, located at Überseeboulevard. The pedestrian walkway leads right into a shopping area with restaurants and cafés. The building accommodate apartments and offices. Its attractive design comes from the Rotterdam based Erick van Egeraat associated architects

Main entrance of Sumatrahaus

Stairway between two building parts
Young couple walking in front of Sumatrakontor

The Überseequartier is one out of the ten new quarters in Hamburgs new district Hafencity

Pedestrian walkway Überseeboulevard at the district Hafencity
Underground train station Überseequartier
Escalator at the underground train station
Escalator to the underground station Überseequartier
Entrance to Kühne + Nagel logistics

Kühne + Nagel international logistics celebrated 125 years of company's history in 2015. The lead company is based in Switzerland. In the Hafencity they found the german headquarter in spacious glass buildings. They were created by the architects Störmer Murphy and Partners GbR, Hamburg.

Glass front of the 12 storeys tower of Kuehne & Nagel

Centurion Commercial Center by Baumschlager & Eberle architects from Lochau, district Hafencity

Centurion Commercial Center by Baumschlager & Eberle architects from Lochau, district Hafencity

Centurion Commercial Center by Baumschlager & Eberle architects from Lochau, district Hafencity

The following images give an overview to the almost finished five quarters of the Hafencity

View on Sandtor harbour

View on the Sandtorhafen and the new buildings along Kaiserkai, Elbphilharmony at the very end left, district Hafencity

View on the Sandtorhafen and the new buildings along Kaiserkai at a full moon night, district Hafencity

Chimney of the heating plant at the Hafencity

View from Elbtorpromenade on the Magdeburger harbour and the Osakaallee; Hafencity

View into the Magdeburger harbour with new buildings of Hafencity and the historical Speicherstadt (UNESCO), tower of City Hall in the background

Morning light in the Hafencity

Am Sandtorkai


Harbour for traditional boats

Magellan terrace and Sandtorpark

The Oval at Kaiserkai, Sandtorhafen

The Hafencity University - HCU

Elbarkaden at the Magdeburger harbour

Am Sandtorkai, seen from Annenplatz

View from the Elbphilharmonie on the city of Hamburg
skyline of Hamburg
When visiting Hamburg you must do the harbourtour

Thank you for taking a closer look !

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