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- Project 58: Marco Polo Tower | Hübenerstraße 1
- Project 59: Strandkai 1
- Project 34/14: Cruise Center HafenCity | San-Francisco-Str. 12 - 14
- Project 56: Residential/ Service/ Gastronomy
- Project 55: Residential/ Service/ Gastronomy
- Project 57: Residential/ Service/ Gastronomy
- Project 61: Office/ Service/ Retail/ Gastronomy
- Project 60: Hübenerstraße
Prime Location: Places to Live and Work by the Water
Surrounded by water and parks, Strandkai offers spectacular views, optimum locations for homes and outstanding office buildings such as Unilever headquarters
The first group of buildings in Strandkai - the Unilever hedquarters for German-speaking countries and the Marco Polo Tower residential block - is complete. They occupy an open area between the Elbe, the Marco Polo Terraces and the future Grasbrookpark (© ELBE&FLUT) Start slideshow
Seen from the Elbe bridges, Strandkai quarter is already a conspicuous part of Hamburg’s city silhouette. Its hybrid perimeter blocks are structured in six to seven-story building ensembles punctuated by high tower tops and individual towers, stand-alone or integrated. These high-points provide spectacular views: downstream along the River Elbe, to the south across the port, to the north and west over Grasbrook harbor, HafenCity and the city center.
Winner of the urban design competition for the ten building plots was Böge Lindner architects (Hamburg). The southeastern end of the neighborhood mainly comprises office space for modern service businesses. No homes will be built here due to proximity to the cruise terminal.
The majority of residential units are being built at Grasbrookpark nearby, although the most enviable locations on the very exposed tip of the promontory are reserved exclusively for living space, apart from ground floors.
The first building erected to the south of the Marco Polo Terraces is a prizewinning ensemble consisting of an office building and a residential tower. Both buildings were designed by the Stuttgart office of Behnisch architects. The office building (59) has been in use since summer 2009 by consumer goods group Unilever as its headquarters for German-speaking countries. Its 1,200 employees now occupy 25,000 sqm GFA. The building’s ecological sustainability is impressive: it was the first office building to be awarded the gold HafenCity Ecolabel in 2011. The interior of the multiaward winning Unilever office building impresses with an atrium flooded with natural light, and open-plan offices with horizontally staggered work stations. A public urban space with shops runs through the ground floor, linking the Marco Polo Terraces to the newly landscaped Elbe waterfront promenade. The Elbterrassen make a dramatic entrée to the riverfront.
Marco Polo Tower wins Real Estate "Oscar"
Like the Unilever headquarters building, the Marco Polo Tower (58), with its 58 apartments, has also won several awards. In 2010, the residential tower won the real estate “Oscar”, the MIPIM award, in the residential developments category. The previous year it was named best building in the European Property Awards. The whole ensemble has become a landmark, with the 55m high tower and its staggered stories visible from far away.
On the eastern site directly adjacent, real estate group Engel & Völkers will build a corporate headquarters from 2014. Around half of the up to 22,000 sqm GFA complex (60) is planned for residential uses and public amenities. The apartments will be on the southern side, as well as in the 15-story tower on the northwest side. A public area with restaurants is planned for the ground floor. Engel & Völkers also plans a top-quality space for exhibitions and presentation events connected with its real estate and yacht business. The New York office of Richard Meier & Partners won the architectural competition for the building ahead of rivals Foster + Partners (London) and Zaha Hadid (London); construction should begin in early 2014. Further to the east, the current cruise terminal will be replaced in the foreseeable future by a new building.
Living on the quay point
To the west of Unilever Haus on Strandkai point, some 500 residential units are being built (55-57) on the three building plots there. Among them are apartments with curbed rental prices, cooperative and joint building venture units. The option was awarded in summer 2013 to Deutsche Immobilien AG and the Lawaetz trust (plot 55) as well as Aug. Prien Immobilien, HANSA Baugenossenschaft, Gemeinnützige Baugenossenschaft Bergedorf Bille and Bauverein der Elbgemeinden (plots 56 and 57). Plans foresee perimeter block building typologies, with two 55-meter residential towers setting urban accents. In addition to the children’s arts center on around 1,000 sqm, the ground floors will include other public amenities and bars and restaurants. The front 93 meters of the quay point will however remain free of buildings, providing an area of public open space.
- Area: 8.4 hectares
Total GFA: 243,000 sqm
- Jobs and commercial uses
Jobs: approx. 4,770
Uses: offices, hotel,
- Special institutions
Cruises ship terminal
Children's arts center
- Development timeframe
2005 to 2020