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Corporate Location in the Speicherstadt
Brooktorkai/Ericus’ position between the Speicherstadt and existing city center makes it a good corporate location
With its optimal location vis-à-vis the existing city center, Brooktorkai's meandering structure extends over four building plots. Ericus Contor and the Spiegel publishing house on Ericusspitze are currently under constructionand establish a continuous connection (© ELBE&FLUT) Start slideshow
The move here of 1,600 employees of Germanischer Lloyd in March 2010 was the biggest corporate relocation into HafenCity so far. One of the three towers in the ensemble contains 30 apartments with views of the emerging green space of Lohsepark. Right next door, the International School of Management has been preparing students for their future careers in international business since 2010.
The outstanding feature of Brooktorkai is the meandering structure of its architecture,
visually broken up and enhanced by three nine-floor tower blocks. The red-brick facework of the building ensemble echoes the color of the nearby Speicherstadt. The firm of gmp, von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (Hamburg), won the urban design competition for Brooktorkai (excluding Ericusspitze). Also successful in architectural competitions alongside gmp were Jan Störmer architects (Hamburg) and Antonio Citterio and Partners (Milan).
Major publishing house marks entry to Hafencity
At the northeastern entrance to HafenCity, Robert Vogel GmbH & Co. KG and the ABG group of companies have built a new publishing building for the Spiegel group and the Ericus Contor building with further office space. In September 2011, the Spiegel group brought its activities together in around 30,000 sqm gross floor area (GFA). The new Spiegel building was awarded the HafenCity Ecolabel in gold in 2012. The publishing house and Ericus Contor (20,000 sqm GFA) with their pale façades and massive shared plinth were planned by Henning Larsen Architects (Copenhagen). The architectural concept closely references the Speicherstadt and the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, thus paying tribute to the urban planning significance of the location as the entrée to central HafenCity. Unusually, due to the traffic noise here, residential uses in this small neighborhood are not significant.
A bridge almost like a square
Outside, the Brooktorkai open space is extended by Shanghaibrücke road bridge, designed by Dietmar Feichtinger (Paris, Vienna), crossing Brooktorhafen harbor. Almost as wide as it is long, the bridge offers generous space for pedestrians and cyclists. On the northern side, the promenade leads under the bridge, making it possible to travel to the Elbe free of road crossings from Ericusspitze via Brooktorhafen, Magdeburger Hafen and Baakenhafen. The Hamburg association of architects and engineers chose the bridge, which almost seems like a square, as one of three Hamburg Buildings of the Year in 2006. Leónbrücke, another pedestrian bridge, designed by Dietmar Feichtinger, which also won the award the following year, connects the new Brooktorhafen harborside promenade with Dar es Salaam square, part of the Magdeburger Hafen open space ensemble, which was opened in June 2011. Bridges, together with the promenades, form the backbone of the closeknit footpath system in HafenCity.
Design of the other open spaces in Brooktorkai and on Ericussspitze were the work of WES & Partner Landschaftsarchitekten (Hamburg). Their designs included a 30m stone sofa on Brooktorkai promenade offering views of the harbor basin. A spacious flight of steps at Ericusspitze invites a change of level – steps for sitting or walking lead strollers onto a plaza with wide-ranging views over the Ericus canal and Oberhafen harbor basin.
- Area: 4 hectares
Total GFA: 106,000 sqm
- Jobs and commercial uses
Jobs: approx. 3,350
Uses: offices, education,
- Development timeframe
2007 to end 2011