A Metropolitan Business and Residential Neighborhood with View
HafenCity’s eye-catching eastern threshold, with its closeness to water and lush Entenwerder Island, will also make a very attractive neighborhood to live in
Skyscrapers, water on three sides and the expansive new Chicago Square will be the essential elements of this future location for business and homes (© fotofrizz)
Elbbrücken neighborhood, named for this major River Elbe bridging point, will be HafenCity’s second urban center after Überseequarter. Spectacular highrises, water surfaces on three sides and a large central plaza will characterize this very densely built business and residential location. Space for large retail users could also be developed in the Elbbrücken center.
Three striking towers up to 150m high will be built next to the Elbbrücken bridges. Visible for miles around, they will mark the eastern entry point to HafenCity and the rest of the city, without detracting from Hamburg City’s silhouette. Whereas here up to 40 stories are possible in each tower, anywhere else in Hamburg buildings of comparable height would spoil its famous outline of church spires.
Corporate eastern entry to HafenCity
In addition to the high-rise ensemble, several elongated block structures six to seven stories high will be built along Versmannstrasse. Fourteen-story standalone towers will form the built structure to the east in front of the Freihafen bridge crossing the Elbe and the rail tracks. Overall large business enterprises could lend Elbbrücken extraordinary presence. But smaller and growing businesses will also benefit by relocating there. A broad spectrum of properties for businesses and great accessibility offer ideal conditions for dynamic urban and business growth.
At home at the head of Baakenhafen Basin
To allow offices to be positioned so as to reduce noise, the eastern end of Baakenhafen harbor basin will be partly filled in. This will allow buildings to be erected in a double row (with residential buildings to the inside). Moving eastwards through the quarter, there is an increasing concentration of retail, catering and particularly office and hotel uses. Higher commercial buildings will shelter inward-lying residential buildings. Despite the volume of traffic crossing bridges and using Versmannstrasse, this will create noise-protected zones ideal for homes. Thus around the head of Baakenhafen harbor and Amerigo Vespucci square, a densely built residential quarter with around 1,000 high-quality homes will be built. Along the promenade and on the square it will feature a variety of upmarket public amenities as groundfloor uses, such as restaurants and bars and retail. At the beginning of 2014, in the course of an architectural competition, the eventual configuration of the eastern head of the harbor basin and its connection to Amerigo Vespucci square will be defined. Users of the district will find that the feeling of closeness to the water here is more intense than is usual even in HafenCity. An attractive city square will take shape, soaking up atmosphere from the connection to water, the central design element, and relating subtly to the various levels of height.
Subway and rapid transit at Elbbrücken
As part of the process of extending the U4 subway, a new station will be built at Elbbrücken. The goal of constructing the extension is to make a connection to the rapid transit “S-Bahn” line. The convincing winning design for the new Elbbrücken U4 station by the Hamburg architects Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp), presented in April 2013, is both highly functional and successfully integrated into the urban surroundings. The load-bearing steel exterior structure with an interior glass façade opens up visual sightlines and simultaneously references the contours of the Elbe bridges, interpreting them anew.
Urban planning development starts mainly from 2015 up to 2025, but primarily on conclusion of construction works in Baakenhafen quarter. Planning of main access roads, embankment zones and clearance of sites, as well as the Elbbrücken underground and rapid transit station, has begun, as have some building works.
- Area: 21.4 hectares
Total GFA: 560,000 sqm
- Jobs and commercial uses
Jobs: approx. 13,000
Uses: corporate, offices, services,
hotel, retail, catering
- Development timeframe
2015 to 2025