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Unique landmarks: new locations for creative industries

Hamburg‘s historic industrial heritage turns into hot spots of the creative industries.

After the revitalisation of industrial buildings as Zeisehallen, Phoenixhof, the Altona power plant, the Speicherstadt warehouse district (picture) or the area of Hamburg gas works, a new use of the foundry of Hermann Michaelsen is currently being discussed. Founded in 1854 at Beerenweg 3 and currently used by a packaging company as a warehouse, the heritage-listed property has been selected for conversion into a creative centre for media, design, or IT companies. With three levels, the hall at Bahrenfeld boast a unique architecture, a fact taken into account by the winner of the architecture contest. Christian von Bismarck‘s design proposes to leave the central hall fully intact and open, with the side aisles taking up walls, ceilings, and staircases. Thus, 15,000 sq m of gross floor space could be created in the 120 m long hall.

Also ready for conversion are the former grounds of Kolbenschmidt AG at trendy Ottensen. Hamburg‘s maritime heritage, too, attracts creative people who have already set up offices and work shops in the premises of the former fish market at Altona. Hidden between HafenCity and central station, and thus closer to the city, the ancient halls of the former freight train station Oberhafen offer 41,000 sq m of space and potential for new uses. With the Hanseatic Material Management, the premises boast a potent anchor tenant.

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