Hamburg’s new urban development concept “More Urbanity in the City“ will the focal topic of Hamburg’s presentation at this year’s EXPO REAL. Taking place 6-8 October in Munich, the fair is Europe’s largest for commercial real estate and investment. With HafenCity, the International Building Exhibition and the International Garden Show, Hamburg presented, and still is presenting, new and often daring solutions for urban areas and landscapes against the backdrop of climate change that are appreciated also internationally.
HafenCity to grow eastwards
A new, socially mixed “urban village” is developing beside Baakenhafen harbor basin, with more than 3000 living spaces and more than 15,000 jobs. In the first phase of development, residents will have access to a primary school, child daycare center, and sports and recreational facilities – as well as many neighborhood amenities and facilities serving all everyday needs. Exclusive options on the first two residential packages involving around 800 apartments (including four of the six WaterHouses) were granted to 11 new house-building companies in September. The architectural competitions will begin soon. Construction of a 1.6 hectare artificial recreation peninsula in Baakenhafen harbor kicked off in late summer – the last major infrastructure project contributing to the creation of the green quality of the neighborhood, and a public and central place.
Expansion of public transport
At the same time, work on extending the U4 subway towards Elbbrücken is continuing apace – operations on the new stretch of line will start at the end of 2018. The rapid transit (S-Bahn) station planned at Elbbrücken will connect up the HafenCity subway and the rapid transit rail network and the east of HafenCity to the regional transportation network.
Western areas also in focus
The development of western areas also continues. Completion of architectural competitions for four buildings containing 500 or more apartments and important public amenities on the prominent site at the end of Strandkai opposite the Elbphilharmonie Concert House on the Elbe embankment, mean that a considerable portion of Hamburg’s waterfront will be redefined in coming months. Adjacent to the site to the east, next year will see the start of works by Engel & Völkers. The real estate group is the developer behind a 15-story hybrid building, designed by renowned New York architects office Richard Meier & Partners. This will form a new cityscape visible from the water in conjunction with the Unilever building and Marco Polo Tower, continuing on from the Elbphilharmonie (ready in 2016) – the first skyline to be planned almost simultaneously on the waterfront in the center of a European city.
New housing at Grasbrook
In the coming months construction of another ambitious project gets under way on Grasbrook park, including around 150 apartments (co-operative housing, subsidized accommodation, studios and student apartments), a children’s daycare center, as well as space for an organic restaurant and retail uses. Next door in northern Überseequartier, the Cinnamon residential tower and renovation of the former harbor master’s office, Alten Hafenamt, are the last buildings here to assume their final contours. With the start of construction on the last undeveloped plot in the northern segment of the neighborhood at the turn of the year 2014/15, a very diverse mix with homes, a hotel and a premium movie theater will take shape between Sandtorkai and Tokiostrasse.