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Green Renaissance: Flak Bunker To Be Converted Into Hamburg's Highest Park

Hamburg's largest urban gardening project will create a green oasis in an inner city district. New utilisation concept for the bunker includes culture and sports

From gray to green, from concrete to nature: to create green oasis and a place of encounter and remembrance” is the vision of the “Hilldegarden Hamburg” project, launched by director Robin Houcken and his team in the heart of Hamburg.

Hamburg’s Highest Garden

Located next to the Feldstraße underground station, the former flak bunker at Heiligengeistfeld will soon be the district’s green oasis. Plans have been drawn, people been heard, and required paperwork submitted. With a construction period of 15 months envisaged, the vision could become a reality by 2017.

To realised it, a flattened cone will be built on the roof of the bunker. Creating several levels and grassy from the outside, the inside will house larger and smaller rooms and halls for leisure, culture, sports, and socialising. On the top, a 1,500 square metres large garden open for urban garding is planed, where citizens interested to harvest their own fruit and vegetables are invited to plant and take care of their greens. To make the garden attractive for other visitors, gastronomy will be added for the enjoyment of all. A 300 meter long public ramp in the form of a
green belt will be leading up the way from the Feldstrasse. The views from Hamburg’s highest green, located 40 metres high above street level, will be fantastic, offering port and city panoramas along with impressions of Northern Germany’s largest fun fair DOM thrice a year.

Cultural Centre and Memorial

For the interior of the bunker, a cultural use is intended, including, inter alia, cultural hall, an amphitheatre and artist guesthouses. In addition, the bunker will continue to serve as a memorial to the slave labourers who built it in 1942 in just 300 days.

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