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HafenCity Hamburg: An urban space for today, tomorrow and beyond

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is presenting the full breadth of innovative urban development at Expo Real in Munich. From October 7–9, 2019, Europe’s biggest inner‐city urban development project is the main partner on the Hamburg pavilion.

(© Stephan Groenveld)

While HafenCity is on the home straight, new opportunities for urban development in Hamburg are also opening up. The perspective extends towards the Billebogen urban development area and across the River Elbe to the planned development of the new Grasbrook neighborhood, which will take HafenCity’s sustainability and innovation strategies further.

For HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, a chief focus for this year’s Expo Real is the remaining available plots in Elbbrücken Quarter. One of HafenCity’s densest and most urban neighborhoods is currently emerging in eastern HafenCity close to the newly opened U4 subway station – Elbbrücken Quarter offering 560,000 m² gross floor area (GFA) and around 11,000 jobs and 1,400 homes. Construction has started on a number of major experimental projects in recent months, among them the EDGE HafenCity high-tech smart building with about 24,700 m² GFA that will meet the highest standards in digitalization and sustainability. Building has also begun on the approx. 29,000 m² GFA joint prevention center for two employers’ liability insurance associations, BGW (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheit und Wohlfahrtspflege) and VBG (Verwaltungsberufsgenossenschaft) and on the approx. 7,000 m² GFA solar building for Enerparc AG. Further invitations to tender and decisions on developers and architects are in the pipeline. The big public square in eastern HafenCity, Amerigo-Vespucci-Platz covering approx. 10,000 m², is also already under construction and will open 2021.

Inner-city transformation zone – two major urban development processes

Two outstanding urban development processes shaping the future of Hamburg by the rivers Elbe and Bille are playing key substantive roles. The test planning process run by Hamburg’s Mitte district, the Ministry for Urban Development and Housing (BSW) and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH subsidiary Billebogen Entwicklungsgesellschaft (BBEG), which has been very open for urban development ideas, will end in September 2019. Its aim has been to generate overarching urban development perspectives for the whole district from northern Veddel through to the Billebecken basin. For instance, in future the oversized motorway interchange there could offer new urban development potential alongside its transport role. The future of Billhafen harbor area in western Rothenburgsort and northern Elbbrücken Quarter is also up for discussion.

Deliberations on the new Grasbrook district have taken on increasingly concrete shape in recent months, too. In a competitive dialog, run by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH in cooperation with the BSW, creative design concepts are currently being developed both for buildings and for open spaces. The documentation for the invitations to tender includes the outcomes of an intensive survey as well as several public participation processes. Approx. 3,000 homes and 16,000 jobs are set to be created opposite HafenCity to the south of the Elbe’s northern arm. Housing construction projects to build homes for (subsidized) rent and for sale are possible, financed by housing cooperatives, joint building ventures and the free market, while the commercial development projects aim primarily to create high-quality jobs, including in research and development but also for startups, small and mid-sized production plants and craft industries.

The first results of the test planning process for the design of the future Elbbrücken gateway to Hamburg will be on display at Expo Real. For Grasbrook, the competitive dialog on developing preliminary urban development perspectives will be central to communication, alongside the insights from the survey and participatory processes.

The EXPO Real real estate trade fair has a special significance for HafenCity. High-level visitors from the real estate and wider business, from public administration and from politics come to find out about individual projects and overarching urban development topics as well as to look for opportunities to get involved in the attractive HafenCity location, whether as designers, developers, financiers or investors. Alongside the Hamburg Metropolitan Region joint pavilion with the HafenCity model at its heart, the Hamburg-HafenCity reception on the stand and the joint investors’ breakfast hosted by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH and IBA Hamburg have become established as the key Hamburg events at the fair, attracting participants from far and wide.

While HafenCity is on the home straight, new opportunities for urban development in Hamburg are also opening up. The perspective extends towards the Billebogen urban development area and across the River Elbe to the planned development of the new Grasbrook neighborhood, which will take HafenCity’s sustainability and innovation strategies further.

For HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, a chief focus for this year’s Expo Real is the remaining available plots in Elbbrücken Quarter. One of HafenCity’s densest and most urban neighborhoods is currently emerging in eastern HafenCity close to the newly opened U4 subway station – Elbbrücken Quarter offering 560,000 m² gross floor area (GFA) and around 11,000 jobs and 1,400 homes. Construction has started on a number of major experimental projects in recent months, among them the EDGE HafenCity high-tech smart building with about 24,700 m² GFA that will meet the highest standards in digitalization and sustainability. Building has also begun on the approx. 29,000 m² GFA joint prevention center for two employers’ liability insurance associations, BGW (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheit und Wohlfahrtspflege) and VBG (Verwaltungsberufsgenossenschaft) and on the approx. 7,000 m² GFA solar building for Enerparc AG. Further invitations to tender and decisions on developers and architects are in the pipeline. The big public square in eastern HafenCity, Amerigo-Vespucci-Platz covering approx. 10,000 m², is also already under construction and will open 2021.

Inner-city transformation zone – two major urban development processes

Two outstanding urban development processes shaping the future of Hamburg by the rivers Elbe and Bille are playing key substantive roles. The test planning process run by Hamburg’s Mitte district, the Ministry for Urban Development and Housing (BSW) and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH subsidiary Billebogen Entwicklungsgesellschaft (BBEG), which has been very open for urban development ideas, will end in September 2019. Its aim has been to generate overarching urban development perspectives for the whole district from northern Veddel through to the Billebecken basin. For instance, in future the oversized motorway interchange there could offer new urban development potential alongside its transport role. The future of Billhafen harbor area in western Rothenburgsort and northern Elbbrücken Quarter is also up for discussion.

Deliberations on the new Grasbrook district have taken on increasingly concrete shape in recent months, too. In a competitive dialog, run by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH in cooperation with the BSW, creative design concepts are currently being developed both for buildings and for open spaces. The documentation for the invitations to tender includes the outcomes of an intensive survey as well as several public participation processes. Approx. 3,000 homes and 16,000 jobs are set to be created opposite HafenCity to the south of the Elbe’s northern arm. Housing construction projects to build homes for (subsidized) rent and for sale are possible, financed by housing cooperatives, joint building ventures and the free market, while the commercial development projects aim primarily to create high-quality jobs, including in research and development but also for startups, small and mid-sized production plants and craft industries.

The first results of the test planning process for the design of the future Elbbrücken gateway to Hamburg will be on display at Expo Real. For Grasbrook, the competitive dialog on developing preliminary urban development perspectives will be central to communication, alongside the insights from the survey and participatory processes.

The EXPO Real real estate trade fair has a special significance for HafenCity. High-level visitors from the real estate and wider business, from public administration and from politics come to find out about individual projects and overarching urban development topics as well as to look for opportunities to get involved in the attractive HafenCity location, whether as designers, developers, financiers or investors. Alongside the Hamburg Metropolitan Region joint pavilion with the HafenCity model at its heart, the Hamburg-HafenCity reception on the stand and the joint investors’ breakfast hosted by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH and IBA Hamburg have become established as the key Hamburg events at the fair, attracting participants from far and wide.