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HafenCity development: facts and figures

With HafenCity Hamburg is setting new standards – at least in Europe – in successful integrated urban development that simultaneously takes local requirements and global exigencies into consideration. On an area of 157 ha a lively city with a maritime air is taking shape, bringing together workplace and residential uses, culture and leisure, tourism and retail facilities in a fine-grained “new downtown” on the waterfront

HafenCity is being developed from west to east and from north to south. In the meantime, HafenCity has become established as a popular place to live and work. (© HafenCity Hamburg GmbH)

Status: October 2016

Stages of development in HafenCity
• 1997: Announcement of HafenCity project
• 1999: Masterplan competition: winner Kees Christiaanse/ASTOC
• 2001: Construction of buildings begins (SAP, now KLU/MSH)
• 2003: Completion of first building, construction of first neighborhood (Am Sandtorkai/Dalmannkai)
• 2005: First occupants move in
• 2009: Completion of construction of first neighborhood
• 2010: Revision of Masterplan for eastern HafenCity
• 2012: U4 subway opens
• 2014: Opening of HafenCity University (HCU)
• 2017 (January): Opening of Elbphilharmonie
• 2017: Construction of southern Überseequartier begins
• 2025-2030: Projected completion of HafenCity (apart from a few buildings)

Basic data
• Overall area: 157 ha of former port and industrial land
• Land area: 127 ha
• Expansion of Hamburg City by 40%
• 10.5 km dockside promenade / 3.1 km Elbe embankment
• 6,500–7,000 homes (approx. 1,500–2,000 subsidized) for approx. 14,000 residents
• Building density: 3.7–6.1 floor space index (FSI)
• Residential density: 110/ha (land area)
• Employee density: 354/ha (land area)
• 59 projects completed; 53 projects under construction or planned
• Investment volume: private investment – around 8.5 billion; public investment – 2.4 billion, mostly financed from special assets fund sales of plots in HafenCity (around 1.5 billion)
• General planning basis:
- Masterplan 2000
- Masterplan revision for eastern HafenCity 2010

Residential uses
• approx. 1,800 residential units completed
• Price spectrum at handover for residential construction, taking Dalmannkai as an example with approx. 45% rental units:

  • private rental market: 12–18/sqm
  • housing cooperative rentals: € 9.50-13.50/sqm
  • privately owned homes:

- from approx. 2,850–3,500/sqm (joint building ventures)
- over 3,500–4,500/sqm (developer-managed concepts)
- up to 6,000–10,000/sqm (luxury concepts), individual cases e.g. penthouses over 10,000/sqm

  • subsidized living: 6.20/sqm (first tier subsidy) and 8.30/sqm (second tier)
  • controlled price units: 11.50/sqm or 12/sqm

• current number of residents: 2,800
• higher, increasing proportion of households with children (18.4%; Hamburg average: 17.6%)

Office and services uses
• more than 730 companies to date, of which approx. 40 larger firms
• creation of up to 45,000 jobs (of which 35,000 office jobs)
• current jobs: approx. 12,000

Cultural institutions
• Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall: (opens January 2017)
• International Maritime Museum Hamburg (private, opened 2008)
• Prototyp automobile museum (private, opened 2008)
• Oberhafen (creative quarter in former railroad sheds; partially tenanted, some being modernized) 

Education facilities
• Katharinen School (primary; since 2009)
• Gymnasium/neighborhood secondary school in Am Lohsepark neighborhood (opens 2021) / Baakenhafen primary school (opens 2019)
• HCU HafenCity University (since 2014)
• KLU Kühne Logistics University (since 2010)
• MSH Medical School Hamburg (since 2010)
• International School of Management (branch; since 2010)
• Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (branch; since 2012)
• four child daycare centers (two more under construction or planned)

Special projects (not including cultural projects)
• Traditional Ship Harbor in Sandtorhafen harbor basin: 5,800 sqm floating square on pontoons (since 2008)
• Ecumenical Forum (opened 2012)
• Elbe Arcades (since 2013)
• denk.mal Hanover railroad station (memorial with three elements in and at Lohsepark, step-by-step completion from 2016)
• Lohsepark (since 2016)
• “Stadt für alle” with high integrative and social aspirations, eastern HafenCity (construction starts 2017)
• 1.6 ha Baakenpark leisure promontory (completion 2017)
• Überseequartier: highly integrated retail-dominated (23% of area) mixed-use neighborhood (residential, hotel, entertainment, office, cruise terminal, food and drink), 410,000 sqm GFA (completion 2021)

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