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New Architecture For HafenCity's South

General contractor Unibail-Rodamco presents designs for eleven buildings. Construction to start in 2017

The southern Überseequartier gets a new architectural face. For all eleven buildings of the district developed by Unibail-Rodamco in co-operation with HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and famous international and national architectural firms, new architectural designs were now presented.

International Star Architects Design The New Waterfront

The highlight of the new area developed in the south of Überseequartier will be a spectacular waterfront on the Elbe river. Internationally renowned architects like the Pritzker Prize winner Christian de Portzamparc or UNStudio will be shaping its face along with major German and Hamburg architect. A new development plan is currently being drafted, forming the basis for issuing planning applications and building permits. Unibail-Rodamco plans to start construction work in 2017; with the completion of the central areas in the southern Überseequartier scheduled for 2021.

Eleven Outstanding Buildings

In addition to the French architect Christian de Portzamparc, who designed the new east of Paris on the southern bank of the Seine, also Carsten Roth architect, léonwohlhage, KBNK, Hild and K architects Böge Lindner K2 Architekten, Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, an UNStudio were involved in the planning relaunch. Further partners include BB + GG Arquitectes for open space planning, Saguez & Partners for the interior design, and Sobek design for the roof structure. For the coordination of individual projects and compliance with the high design standards, HPP International was selected as the master planner. As always at HafenCity, high sustainability standards will also guide construction in the south of Überseequartier. All buildings will be certified in accordance with the HafenCity Ecolabel in gold or by the international BREEAM Excellent standard.

New Elbe Panorama

With the iconic cruise terminal by Portzamparc, two 60 metres tall towers in the middle and a sculptural 70 metres high office building at the Magdeburg port, the southern Überseequartier will feature a unique skyline along the waterfront, with the brick character make room for bright, glass facades that reflect the river, the port, and the sky

The Next Steps

The new development plan currently being drawn will be presented in the second half of 2016, providing the basis for building permit applications and the subsequent granting of them. Construction will commence 2017. The completion of the central areas of retail, catering, entertainment, cruise terminal, hotel and first parts of office and residential units are scheduled for 2021.

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First Feedbacks On The Designs

Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Hamburg Minister of Urban Development and Housing:
“Another milestone has been reached in the architectural and urban development of the southern Überseequartier. With its high quality architecture, its open and urban character and its attractive cruise terminal, the southern Überseequartier will stimulate HafenCity Hamburg as a whole, being a jewel to residents, visitors, and tourists. A successful Überseequartier will further strengthen the integration of HafenCity Hamburg into Hamburg’s inner city.”

Prof Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
“With large anchor users, new retail concepts, and a variety of medium and small businessesthe south of Überseequartiers will significantly contribute to make HafenCity the lively heart of a ’24 hour-city’. This strong growth in urban retail in the heart of Hamburg will make Hamburg even more attractive to locals and visitors alike.“

Dr. Karl Reinitzhuber, Chief Executive Officer, Unibail-Rodamco Germany GmbH
“With Überseequartier, an exciting new centre with retail, lifestyle and entertainment will come to life. By implementing the innovations planed by Unibail-Rodamco, we create a new European standards, while simultaneously setting a new course for future urban retail and leisure spaces, where people feel comfortable and happy about staying.“

Ulrich Wölfer, Chief Development Officer, Unibail-Rodamco Germany GmbH
“We are pleased that numerous renowned architectural firms such Pritzker Prize winner Christian de Portzamparc or UNStudio join us on one of Europe’s most ambitious urban development projects, the Überseequartier. Together with Unibail-Rodamco and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, they will create the highest quality for living, working, shopping and entertainment directly on the banks of the Elbe river.”

About Überseequartier

After delays to building in southern Überseequartier, a new start was reached in December 2014 with Unibail-Rodamco taking on the development, realisation and operation of this area. Its new concepts sees office space in Überseequartier much reduced (from 142,000 sqm to 90,300 sqm GFA), while the proportion of residential accommodation almost doubles (from 48,000 sqm to 92,700 sqm GFA), with 44,800 sqm of residential space planned for the southern area. Retail will be increased to 80,500 sqm GFA. 10,000–12,000 sqm have been reserved for cultural and entertainment use, bars and restaurants (6,000 sqm) and a hotel (23,500 sqm). Th temporary Cruise Center HafenCity will be replaced by a new cruise centre designed by Christian de Portzamparc.

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