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- Project 34/1: Arabica | Osakaallee 2
- Project 34/2: Java | Am Sandtorkai 44/ Singapurstraße 1
- Project 34/3: Ceylon | Osakaallee 6 - 8
- Project 34/4: Pacamara | Singapurstraße 3 - 19/ Überseeboulevard 2
- Project 34/5: Old Harbour Agency | Cinnamon Residential Tower
- Project 34/6: Sumatra | Überseeboulevard 4 - 10 u.a.
- Project 34/7: Virginia
- Project 34/8: Silk
- Project 34/9: Linnen | San-Francisco-Str. 1-3/ Überseeboulevard 12-14
- Project 34/10: Limba/ Meranti
- Project 34/11: Kampala/ Palisander
- Project 34/12: Science Center | New-Orleans-Str.1
- Project 34/13: Waterfront Towers | New-Orleans-Str. 15 - 16
- Project 34/15: Am Sandtorkai 46/ Am Sandtorpark 1/ Singapustraße 2
- Project 34/16: Am Sandtorpark 5-9/ Singapurstraße 3,4,6-10
Überseequartier – a New Segment of City Emerges
The commercial heart of HafenCity is Überseequartier. The urban qualities of northern Überseeboulevard are increasingly apparent, yet the south is still a huge building site in waiting
Since fall 2007, construction has been in progress in the north part of the quarter; many buildings are finished. The area's only historic building is the listed former port authority building, Altes Hafenamt. After completion of the shell of the Überseequartier subway station, development of the neighborhood began to push south in October 2010 (© ELBE&FLUT) Start slideshow
Überseequartier, the commercial heart of HafenCity is growing, despite the disruptions of the finance crisis and delays to construction in the south. This urban space, covering about 13.7 hectares, will be home to around 1,000 people and the workplace of up to 7,000 more. Between 40,000 and 50,000 visitors and tourists will be entering the completed neighborhood – every day.
A particularly sophisticated mix of commercial uses is being realized successively north to south. The northern part of the boulevard, the most densely built space in HafenCity so far, with a GFA index of more than 5.0, already has impressive metropolitan flair. The development will be successfully completed in 2015/early 2016.
For the important open-space landscaping of the neighborhood and adjoining open spaces, Beth Galí and her firm BB + GG Arquitectes used overlapping longitudinal and horizontally striped flooring of brown, grey and reddish granite. Throughout the public area by Magdeburger Hafen, the open space architect plays with variable ground levels, using ramps, steps or terraces to link them. The architecture of the individual buildings is just as impressive. The Sumatra Building, designed by Erick van Egeraat (34/6) with its dramatically slanted façade and unconventional form, is an eye-catcher, contrasting excitingly with the former harbor master’s office (Altes Hafenamt 34/5) opposite.
Local retailers and eateries have always catered to occupants of the rented apartments to the right and left of Überseeboulevard. A large supermarket selling fresh produce has opened, as well as a variety of service businesses. Not only are they looking after the daily needs of residents, but, together with new galleries and fashion designers, providing important urban accents.
Several major office users, such as lawyers Sozietät Esche Schümann Commichau and petroleum multi BP, have decided to locate to northern Überseequartier. Most of the space in buildings here is already leased.
In summer 2011 the 25hours Hotel (34/7) opened, hotelier Kai Hollmann’s first project in HafenCity. In 2013 the hotel was ranked top European city hotel by the German travel magazine Geo Saison. Across the road from the hotel with its maritime style interiors is the new U4 line Überseequartier subway stop, which opened December 2012.
Last empty sites are filled
On Plots 34/15 and 34/16, initially in use by construction companies for northern Überseequartier, real estate company DC Commercial, hotelier Kai Hollman, Miniatur Wunderland, Schmidt’s Tivoli and cinema impresario Hans Joachim Flebbe are developing an outstandingly varied mix of uses including residential, hotel and various entertainment. The project offers gross floor space of around 31,000 sqm on a plot of some 6,400 sqm. A total 125 apartments will share around 17,400 sqm. At least one third of residential space is planned for subsidized living and one third each for privately financed rental home construction and privately owned apartments. Realization gets under way in 2014. This fills up the last vacant site with a very sophisticated project. Construction has also begun on the last sub-plot in the area at the core of northern Überseequartier on plot 34/5 by Groß + Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH. In and around the old harbor master’s office building, plans foresee innovative gastronomy, retail and hotel concepts as well as a market on the open space on the northern side. The adjoining slim tower will contain apartments. During the construction of the tower, work on the listed harbor master’s office itself will start in 2014. It is a complex and difficult job. Plans for its reconstruction and enlargement are by Büro Bolles + Wilson (Münster). These architects were also responsible for the already opened Überseequartier Info Pavilion.
While the northern part of the quarter has so far been dominated by apartments, office space and smaller shops, the southern section has a much stronger retail orientation, but not a closed-in, self-contained shopping center. Instead an open concept is planned, with protection from wind and weather, primarily consisting of retails with residential and office uses in several stand-alone buildings, that will underpin the development of an urban center interacting with water, adding further to the vitality of Überseequartier as a whole. Contrasting open spaces frame a dense mix of uses: inviting promenades beside the water, generously proportioned boulevards, squares and terraces but also sheltered areas – for visitors as well as residents.
Überseeboulevard is the focus: like a meandering river, it wends its way from the Speicherstadt through to the River Elbe, interspersed by varied urban spaces formed by curving paths and façades. Numerous different shops with an attractive variety of goods line the way. The contrasts are exciting: on the one hand the quarter seems all of a piece, but every step of the way provides surprising new perspectives. In the southern part a critical mass of retail businesses should develop, which is needed in order to create a high level of diversity and attraction for visitors.