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Hamburg's upper port attracts creative industries

Former port cargo rail station initiates transformation into a new neighbourhood of creativity and culture.

Hamburg’s civic society Kreativ Gesellschaft will be the main tenant of the former port railway office in the upper port area to lease premises to the creative industries. First user of the heritage space will be the registered association Gängeviertel e.V., which is happy to have found a temporary home during the 18 months reconstruction period of its seat in Hamburg’s historic Gängeviertel.

Station for arts and culture

In the coming years, Hamburg will gradually convert the Oberhafen area into a centre of culture and creativity. The conversion is initiated by the former port cargo railway office. Unlike the warehouses that dominate the Oberhafen quarter, the 2,000 square metres large building at the end of hall two offers a space for event, a hall, and three floors of office and work spaces. The railway office will not be assigned permanently to one or more users, but be leased to changing interim users to give projects, groups, and artist the possibility to showcase their work or use the space for work for a limited period of time, and thus to enhance the networking with other actors in the upper harbor.

Kaleidoscope of creativity

In the transformation process, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH and Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft closely co-operate. Their joint goal is to attract as many different actors from the culture and the creative industries to the neighbourhood, and to gradually set up interesting projects at various locations that will create the upper port’s unique flair and atmosphere.

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