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Facts & Figures
The most important facts and figures about what is currently Europe’s biggest inner-city development project, its varied quarters and land use concepts
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Essential facts and figures about Europe’s biggest inner-city development project now, its varied neighborhoods and land use concepts
Status: March 2013
- Basic data
- General planning basis
- Chronology of development of HafenCity
- Management of development and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
- Uses in HafenCity
With the development of HafenCity on the Elbe waterfront, Hamburg is setting new standards,
in Europe at least. By 2025 a city brimming with life will have taken shape on a site covering
157 hectares. In contrast to other city areas dominated purely by offices and retail, it will blend
maritime atmosphere with work, living, the arts, leisure, tourism and shopping. In its very
central situation and its high expectations of quality, reflected for example in the fine-grained
mix of uses, aspirations regarding urbanity and ecological sustainability, and the innovative nature of its development, HafenCity is very different from other major urban development projects on the waterfront.
In the wake of 12 years of construction, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH can boast a positive
interim balance. With its many shops, cafés and restaurants, the western section is already an
urban space with nearly 2,000 residents and attracts a growing number of visitors. Nowadays
some 9,000 people are at work in HafenCity, employed by more than 450 companies, including
40 larger businesses with space requirements exceeding 1,000 sqm for up to 1,400 employees.
- Overall area: 157 hectares (ha) on former port and industrial land
- Land area: 127 ha
- Expansion of Hamburg City by 40%
- Gross floor area (GFA): new building ca. 2.32 million sqm
- 6,000 homes and more than 45,000 jobs to be created
- 10.5 km new dockside promenade / 3.1 km Elbe embankment
- Around 28 ha public parks, squares and promenades
- 51 projects completed; 35 projects under construction or planned
- Development of 1 million-plus GFA through confirmed sales of land or exclusive options (with planning obligations)
- Investment volume: private investment – around € 8 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
Chronology of development of HafenCity
- 1997: Announcement of HafenCity project
- 1999: Masterplan competition: winner Kees Christiaanse / ASTOC
- 2000: Hamburg Senate approves Masterplan
- 2000: Start of infrastructure measures, site clearance and relocation of businesses
- 2003: Building construction begins on large scale (Am Sandtorkai / Dalmannkai neighborhood)
- 2007: Construction of central area, Überseequartier, begins
- 2007: Work begins on U4 subway line
- 2009: Completion of first neighborhood, Am Sandtorkai / Dalmannkai
- 2010: Presentation and discussion of revised Masterplan for eastern HafenCity
- 2011: Completion of neighborhoods Am Sandtorpark / Grasbrook (except residential) and Brooktorkai / Ericus
- 2012: U4 subway goes into operation; construction of Am Lohsepark neighborhood starts
- 2013: Completion of Elbarkaden, opening of HafenCity University (HCU)
- 2013: Tendering process for Baakenhafen neighborhood begins
- 2013/14: Partial completion of Lohsepark
- 2016: Completion of Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall
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Hamburg builds for the future
HafenCity and the International Building Exhibition (IBA Hamburg) show their innovative projects at the Hanover Trade Fair 2012
Hamburg, 17 April 2012
Hamburg’s two major municipal developments are being presented as ‘lighthouse projects’ in the Metropolitan Solutions special exhibition at the Hanover Trade Fair. The object of the exhibition, entitled ‘Stadt neu bauen’ [‘Rebuilding the city’], is to initiate an international dialogue on intelligent municipal growth, as well as encouraging people to visit Hamburg for the IBA Presentation Year in 2013.
With the HafenCity and IBA, Hamburg is the theatre of two of the most important municipal development projects in Europe. What the two developments have in common is the ideal of a European city taking up the challenges of the future. With their joint exhibition ‘Stadt neu bauen’ [‘Rebuilding the city’], HafenCity and IBA Hamburg are also launching an international dialogue on the future of the metropolis, to which other European cities are urged to make an active contribution by sharing their experiences. ‘After seven years of development work, 2013 will see IBA Hamburg celebrating its big Presentation Year. We hope to demonstrate our innovative municipal restructuring solutions to our visitors with a view to encouraging further dialogue,’ said Uli Hellweg, Managing Director of IBA Hamburg. The Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg – the biggest inhabited river island in Europe – is currently experiencing fresh input, with around 60 IBA Excellence Projects in the pipeline. Climate projection is centrally important in this connection. The ideal of a ‘Renewable Wilhelmsburg’ stands for the target of progressively switching over the Elbe island to a completely regenerative energy supply. As early as 2025 the energy requirements of the buildings on the island should be covered by renewable and locally generated sources of energy; by 2050 all heating needs will be similarly supplied.
The HafenCity project marks the redefinition, in architectural and municipal development terms, of the former port and industrial areas of Hamburg’s City district. Sustainable building is the keynote of the project, which is scheduled for a period of around 25 years. Along with ecolabelling as an incentive for sustainable building, HafenCity is also placing a major emphasis on sustainable municipal planning: ‘With the attractive footpaths and excellent local public transport connections available, we hope people will be encouraged to leave their cars at home,’ said Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Chairman of the Management Board of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. ‘The intensive focus on mixed use, and high concentration of the buildings, will create attractive short routes.’
The heart of the ‘Rebuilding the city’ exhibition is an outsized compass which symbolically points the way to the city of the future. Instead of the four directions, it shows four top-level goals for the metropolitan cities of tomorrow: ‘Growing City’, ‘Open City’, ‘Smart City’ and ‘Civic City’. Strategies and projects with which HafenCity and IBA Hamburg are meeting these challenges are elucidated in engaging style.
Visit the exhibition at the Hanover Trade Fair in Hall 26, Stand B050.
On 23 April, the day the trade fair opens, IBA Managing Director Uli Hellweg will be present and will be happy to answer questions. At 1.50 pm he will be taking part in a podium discussion under the heading of ‘City of the Future – Prospects and Perspectives’ at the Metropolitan Solutions Forum. On 27 April at 10.00 am IBA Project Coordinator Christian Roedel will give a presentation with the title of ‘Sustainable Building – IBA Hamburg’s Specialist Skills’.
On the Elbe islands, situated to the south of Hamburg’s city centre, the International Building Exhibition (IBA Hamburg) is developing innovative and sustainable solutions for the issues facing the metropolitan cities of the future. The project extends from 2006 to 2013. Around 60 showcase projects are under way, aimed at the stabilisation and upgrading of the hitherto neglected urban districts of Wilhelmsburg and Veddel.
On an area of 157 hectares, just some 900 meters distant from Hamburg’s city hall, a new downtown district is being created – a lively urban area with a maritime flavour combining working and residential facilities with culture and leisure. 45,000 people will work here, and there will be 12,000 permanent residents. As well as benefiting from its central position, HafenCity is notable for its aspirations to urban style and the accent on sustainable development.
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