Hamburg plans to extend its city centre onto former harbour areas along the river Elbe. However, Hafencity, a 150ha development - is no simple extension of the inner city. The project grasps the opportunity to build up a new, second city, to create a double star. The center of the new City is foreseen at the crossing point of three harbor-basins where an urban entertainment center with cruise-terminal, concert hall and a hotel/congress complex are located around this central water surface.
Maxwan proposes a wide variety of urban environments on this enormous site, in a response to market driven processes that would inevitably lead to monotonous ghettos of offices or housing. Hafencity is subdivided into quarters of different characters, each with a specific programmatic mix. The master plan defines a series of strategic projects, which are to trigger the development of Hafencity and specify the urban and architectural quality of the plan at crucial points.
housing 580'000 m2, services 840'000 m2, companies 100'000 m2, retail 100'000 m2, leisure facilities 205'000 m2
City of Hamburg
partner in charge
Verena Balz, Holger Braun
LOVE a+u, Graz; model: Ron Steiner