The Hamburg-based Primus developments GmbH and Senectus GmbH have scooped one of 12 coveted MIPIM awards at the world property fair in Cannes. Their students’ hostel “Woodie Hamburg” won the award in the “Best Residential Development” category at the three-day fair, which ended Friday (March 15, 2019). The wooden module building was among the exhibits at Hamburg’s stand hosted with 26 Hanseatic companies. Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, Managing Director of Hamburg Invest, said: “The Hamburg stand has become a platform for urban development and future topics.” A project like Woodie, which stands for sustainability, goes perfectly with Hamburg, Strittmatter added.
Building with 371 wooden modules
The seven-storey, hybrid building in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg was constructed from 371 wooden modules stacked on top of each other like Lego bricks in a mere nine months – half the conventional construction time. Planned by the Berlin-based architectures Sauerbruch-Hutton and built by the Austrian Kaufmann Bausysteme, Primus developments GmbH and Senectus GmbH have been backed by Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a famous climate impact researcher. Achim Nagel of Primus Developments GmbH, said: “We aim to show that the CO2 footprint of a property can be significantly reduced, if we change the type of construction and thus make a contribution to combating climate change.”
Global stage for urban development
Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Senator for Urban Development, had attended MIPIM and higlighted four major urban development projects in Hamburg namely Science City Bahrenfeld, Oberbillwerder, Grasbrook and HafenCity. Prof. Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Managing Director of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, updated delegates on progress, pointed out properties available in HafenCity and higlighted the transformation of HafenCity, Billebogen and Grasbrook.
The students’ hostel in Hamburg beat tough competition from housing projects in Copenhagen, London and Amsterdam to scoop the award in the “Best Residential Development” category. The MIPIM awards are presented in eleven categories and a special jury award is also presented. A total of 44 projects from 21 countries reached the final round in 2019.