City Topography

Lohsepark: HafenCity's green and cental park

Lohsepark itself has been completely finished since July 2016. Its overall area of 4.4 ha makes Lohsepark the largest contiguous green space in HafenCity, performing wide-ranging urban, social and ecological functions

The picture shows a illustration of the Lohsepark

The picture shows a illustration of the Lohsepark (© Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten) Start slideshow

Framed by an unbroken visual axis from Ericusspitze to Baakenhafen, Lohsepark extends 550 m in length; a 100 m wide green ribbon running from water’s edge to water’s edge. The extensive lawn areas, planted with more than 500 trees, are crisscrossed by paths and dotted with inviting seating and play areas. The planned community and play building for the southern section will also house a café and public barrier-free washrooms.

The winning open space concept by Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten AG (Zurich) creates the basic framework for the park, the largest contiguous park in HafenCity, which was completed in July 2016. Covering 4.4 ha, the centrally sited park will incorporate wide-ranging urban, social and ecological functions. Generous sweeps of grass broken up by loosely winding pathways, seating areas and play opportunities will attract residents both young and old, as well as visitors from other places and people working locally.

On the long sides of the park, bastion-like terraces open out to the street, providing an unobstructed transition between the green area and its urban surroundings, interlinking built structures and open space. A fundamental element of the park is the three-part denk.mal Hanover Railroad Station, which is also a memorial to the history of deportation in Hamburg.

Park centered on memorial

Between 1940 and 1945 more than 8,000 Jews, Roma and Sinti, who are known by name, were deported from here. It comprises a central place of remembrance, to be completed by May 2017, based on the relics of Platform 2 of the former station, as well as a landscaped “seam”, which can be walked since summer 2016. It leads right across the park, tracing the course of the historic rail tracks from the former station forecourt to the listed platform remains. A documentation center, within sight of the historic memorial, is being built on the western side of the park on Steinschanze street.