The first edition of “The birth of a city” is published in German and English. The book gives an overview of HafenCity and appears again in 2008 in an updated second edition.
Hafen City Chronology
Overview: The emergence of a new city district
Designs for Chicago Square, at the head of Baakenhafen basin, are presented by five renowned Chicago architects at the invitation of Hamburg’s Urban Development and Environment Ministry and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. Chicago is twinned with Hamburg.
Consumer goods group Unilever Deutschland and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH announce that Unilever plans to build a new headquarters with offices for 1,100 employees at Strandkai beside the River Elbe.
The provisional Hamburg Cruise Center is expanded. A second hall will ensure that the strong growth in cruise tourism traffic can still be handled in future.
The first “Summer on the Magellan Terraces” event series takes place from June to August. Every Sunday the program offers tango, children’s games, street artists or readings.
As part of Hamburg Architecture Summer, the first series of six walking tours of HafenCity (Kritik im Wandeln) is held, in which participants can follow the observations of two distinguished architectural critics via headsets.
The artwork, “Towers of Talkers”, is to be erected between the Deichtorhallen galleries and the International Maritime Museum Hamburg. The design, by artist Thomas Schütte, won the international competition to design artworks for the HafenCity “cultural mile”.
A colloquium kicks off the two-tier, partially open architectural competition to design the new HafenCity University building in Elbtorquartier.
Using the slogan “10° Art”, four artists entice pedestrians to walk along the 10° longitude from the city center through the Speicherstadt into HafenCity.
HafenCity is given priority area status. All zoning plans will be developed by the HafenCity task force in Hamburg’s Urban Development and Environment Ministry (BSU) from now on. Building permits are also granted by the BSU, to speed up administrative procedures. The new Urban Development Commission makes the final decision on zoning plans. This greatly reduces the role of Mitte municipality where planning affecting HafenCity is concerned.
The Catalan firm BB + GG arquitectes - Beth Galí s.l. wins the competition to design the open spaces in Überseequartier and the area around Magdeburger Hafen. The focus of open space planning is the central Überseeboulevard in Überseequartier, as well as quayside promenades to the west and east of Magdeburger Hafen, as well as an area of water at the head of the harbor basin. The Barcelona architects’ plans foresee surfacing the ground primarily in reddish and brown colored concrete and granite. Differences in height are playfully emphasized by ramps, steps and terraces throughout the area.
Precautions against flooding are complete throughout HafenCity. East of Elbtorquartier, Shanghaiallee and Shanghai bridge are opened. The inauguration puts in place two crucial elements of the HafenCity traffic network: Shanghaiallee, as a north-south axis, connects Brooktorquai with the new Überseeallee and Versmannstrasse, and then leads across Shanghai bridge to Brooktor harbor. This also completes the main route for private transport from HafenCity into the city center in case of high water.
Stuttgart firm Behnisch Architekten wins the competition to design the Unilever headquarters and residential tower next door (now called Marco Polo Tower) on Strandkai.
The final architectural designs for Überseequartier are presented. In an exhibition, the plans for ten projects with a total of 16 buildings are shown to the public. The final award was preceded by five competition and workshop sessions. Seen in conjunction with the Behnisch designs for buildings on Strandkai, Hamburg’s new waterfront on the Elbe is gaining both urban and architectonic contours.
Tenders are invited throughout Europe for power supply to eastern HafenCity. Interested parties are required to provide for even lower CO2 baseline emissions (120 g/kWh).
Prizes and accolades
Am Sandtorkai 54, a building designed by Jan Störmer Architekten, is awarded first prize in the German architects’ association (BDA) Hamburg architecture prize for 2005.
Shanghai bridge (architect: Dietmar Feichtinger; Engineers: WTM Engineers; Client: “City and Port” special fund under public law / HafenCity Hamburg GmbH), which traverses Brooktorhafen, is designated “Building of the Year 2006” by the Hamburg architects’ and engineers’ association (AIV). The accolade reads: “Shanghai bridge supports the route across the water with the elegance of balanced proportions and thus becomes itself a landmark, a milestone. People on foot and motorists experience the bridge as a place in its own right, from which the charms of a city on the water, crisscrossed by waterways and canals, unfold.”
The Museum bridge across Brooktor harbor (Architect: Dietmar Feichtinger; Engineers: WTM Engineers; Client: “City and Port” special fund under public law / HafenCity Hamburg GmbH) is named “Building of the Year 2007” by the Hamburg architects’ and engineers’ association (AIV). The Hamburg firm of MRLV Markovic Ronai Voss Architects simultaneously receives a special prize for the conversion of Kaispeicher 9 into the International Maritime Museum Hamburg.
For the residential construction category of “Best Projects 1989 - 2008”, the annual publication “Architecture in Hamburg” selected five buildings in Sandtorkai: Ocean’s End (Böge Lindner Architekten), H20 (Spengler Wiescholek Architekten), Dock 4 (ASP Schweger Assoziierte Gesamtplanung GmbH), Harbour Cube (Professor Marc-Olivier Mathez) and Harbour Hall (APB Architekten Beisert Wilkens Grossmann-Hensel). For the public and open space category, the annual also picked out the landscaping of building plinths in Sandtorkai by Behnfeldt Herrmann Franke Landschaftsarchitekten.
The Oval, an eleven-story residential tower on Kaiserkai, is dubbed “Building of the Year 2008” by the Hamburg architects’ and engineers’ association (AIV). The design of the Oval is by Ingenhoven Architekten; the developer was Imetas Property.
HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is awarded the property brand prize for 2009 in the “best marketing of an economic region” category.
At the World Architecture Festival Awards in Barcelona, the Unilever building is selected as the world’s best office building. It was not just the building’s optical and ecological qualities that convinced the judges, but its public character: it opens itself to the surrounding district through its freely accessible atrium. In July, the Unilever building also won the BEX award for especially sustainable, innovative and efficient architecture.
The Marco Polo Tower (Behnisch Architekten) on Strandkai in HafenCity wins the European Property Award in the “best high-rise development” category. An international jury of exports from the real estate, construction and design sectors, as well as the specialist press and sponsors, awarded the Marco Polo Tower five stars: the highest accolade in this category.