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Architectural Designs for Strandkai

The winning design by Behnisch Architekten of Stuttgart emphasizes its prominent location at Strandkai with a distinct awareness. The building offers extraordinary views of the River Elbe, the ships and the bustling port opposite (© Behnisch Architekten) Start slideshow

In 2008 the multinational Unilever will move its German head offices to a 30,000 sq. m site at Strandkai in HafenCity. Here Unilever Germany will construct new headquarters befitting the size and international stature of the company. The impressive new headquarters will have approximately 30,000 sq. m of gross floor space and accommodate approximately 1,200 employees, a product development kitchen, conference rooms, the company's own restaurant and a café. There will also be an apartment block, with 10,000 sq. m of gross floor space, as part of the development. The entire site is being developed by Hochtief Projektentwicklung GmbH. Now designs for the complete ensemble of buildings at Strandkai have been finalised. A 2-tier competition decided on the design style for Strandkai and on architectural plans for the Unilever building. First prize in phase 2 of the competition for the architectural plans went to Behnisch Architeken of Stuttgart. Construction is due to commence by the middle of 2007.

In June 2006, Unilever Development, together with HafenCity Hamburg GmbH and the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment launched a 2-tier competition for city planning and structural engineering ideas. Of the 11 internationally active partnerships invited to participate, 10 submitted proposals to the first round of the competition. Their remit was to adhere to the HafenCity Masterplan for Strandkai while at the same time to design new headquarter premises for Unilever Germany. In August 2006 the panel of judges unveiled the successful proposal by Böge Lindner Architekten.