The Hamburg’s Ministry of Urban Development and Environment and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH jointly commissioned a masterplan for the new Olympic City district including planning of the key sports venues – the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Aquatics Center and the Olympic Hall – as well as the Olympic Village at Kleiner Grasbrook. On 2 June, the current planning status was presented to the public. Four scenarios are now in discussion.
Sustainability a Key Objective
Hamburg offers unique conditions for hosting the Olympics when it comes to urban development, with the games being not an end in themselves, but a catalyst and tool for sustainable urban renewal. Other aspects taken into consideration include, inter alia, the visibility of the Olympic sports facilities in the cityscape, sufficient space next to the sports facilities, and an attractive Olympic Village with meeting facilities. The planers will also have to bear in mind other issues such as the proximity of residences to the planned metro station, the design of the sports park on the waterfront, and a meaningful after-use of the venues after the end of the games.
Conversion of the Stadium
Also in discussion is the after use of the Olympic stadium. Options include its full dismantled, a size reducing from 70,000 to 20,000 seats, or a complete conversion of the grandstand areas into flats.
Costs under Control
The different approaches will be evaluated in coming weeks in regard to the cost. The Olympic swimming pool will be converted into a public swimming hall with 50 m pool, and leisure and spa areas as option. The Olympic Hall could be converted into a cruise terminal. All plan and visualisations can be downloaded at www.hamburg.de/4505218.
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