Plans are being laid for a new landmark on the Elbe Bridge in the east of Hamburg now that the Elbphilharmonie has opened in the west to great acclaim, according to a press release Wednesday (March 8). The Elbtower would create a remarkable entrance and give the city a clear silhouette, said the senate. The project will be presented at MIPIM, the world’s leading property fair, in Cannes from March 14-17, 2017. The Hamburg Parliament would decide in 2018 on a private builder with construction to begin in 2020 or 2021. Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “The Elbtower would boost the urban quality of HafenCity and give it new, municipal, economic opportunities. Hamburg has just celebrated the opening of the Elphilharmonie to great international overtures. We wish to link up with that.” An opportunity is now emerging to anchor “Hamburg as a work of art” in the 21st century.
Decision lies with Hamburg’s Parliament
The search is now underway to find a builder and construction team capable of meeting the demands of a mixed, soaring tower that is appealing and built sustainably. Builders must provide suitable references. Months of negotiations will begin with two applicants following a fourth-month invitation to tender. The final decision on builder, concept and architect lies with Hamburg’s Parliament.
Contrary to the original master plan and unlike many skyscraper projects worldwide, the use of the Elbtower will be mixed and include space for offices, hotels, possibly apartments, exhibitions, concerts, culinary events as well as for retailers.
Conclusion of HafenCity development
After planning and construction lasting 16 years, HafenCity is now growing towards the east. Work on the 1.3 kilometre extension of the U4 underground line has been underway since 2013 and the new Elbe Bridge Station is due to open in late 2018. The infrastructure and development of property sites in the district is advanced. Hopes are now high that the Elbtower would give the area a special highlight after years of development.
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