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Internationally renowned architects take on Olympic City Masterplan

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH and Hamburg’s Ministry of Urban Development and Environment have together commissioned a Masterplan for the new Olympic City district including planning of the key sports venues – the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Aquatics Center and the Olympic Hall – as well as the Olympic Village at Kleiner Grasbrook. The current planning status is to be presented to the public early on at an event in the MagnusHall on 2nd June

A total of eight firms have been contracted to devise a Masterplan for the urban development of buildings and open spaces.

Firms charged with producing concepts have been working on their plans since the end of April. Various planning options for construction and infrastructure development at Kleiner Grasbrook have already been worked out. At the briefing on 2 June, the options for the Olympic City that have been devised to date will be presented by the planners concerned, Kees Christiaanse (KCAP) and Nikolaus Goetze (gmp Architekten), and discussed.

A total of eight firms have been contracted to produce costings for the period of the 2024 Olympic Games and for the new Olympic City district, to be completed at Kleiner Grasbrook after the Games, as well as to devise a Masterplan for the urban development of buildings and open spaces.

• KCAP Architects&Planners, Rotterdam

• gmp international, Hamburg

• Arup, London

• VOGT Landschaftsarchitekten, Zurich

• WES GmbH LandschaftsArchitektur, Hamburg

• Kunst+Herbert Architekten, Hamburg

• ARGUS, Stadt- und Verkehrsplanung, Hamburg

• Drees & Sommer Projektmanagement, Hamburg

The commissioned firms were selected on the basis of an EU-wide invitation to tender. Together the eight firms have an “outstanding reputation” and wide international experience of planning not only urban neighborhoods but also sports venues, including Olympic venues.

“I invite everyone in Hamburg to come and find out about the plans for the Olympic City at Kleiner Grasbrook on 2 June and to share their ideas with us,” says Senator Dorothee Stapelfeldt.

“Transprency and participation are significant components of our bid to stage the Summer Olympics and the Paralympics,” adds Senator Michael Neumann. “That is why we want to present the ideas that have been developed for the Olympic City, the core part of our Olympic bid, before the first decisions have been made. So we are looking forward to the suggestions made by the Hamburg public on 2 June.”

“Kleiner Grasbrook is designed to be home to the Olympic Games for just a few months but to become a permanent attractive city district by the Elbe,” says Chief Planning Officer Jörn Walter. “For that reason, using the Olympics as a driver for urban development to link HafenCity, the ‘leap across the Elbe’, and the development of eastern Hamburg is always at the forefront of our minds when planning. We have been fortunate to secure the best national and international experts for this task.”

Kees Christiaanse of KCAP Architects & Planners says, “Hamburg offers unique conditions for hosting the Olympics when it comes to urban development. The Games are not an end in themselves but a catalyst and tool for sustainable urban renewal. Building on experience from Barcelona, Vancouver and London, the Olympic Games at Kleiner Grasbrook will take place against the dramatic backdrop of a waterfront that is full of character. Thus Hamburg’s city center and the Olympics will spur one another on to greater heights.”

Nikolaus Goetze of gmp Gerkan, Marg und Partner adds, “Hamburg’s position in worldwide city rankings will profit from ‘Waterside Olympics’ that are intelligently planned – in other words, attractively and sustainably – bringing benefits on sporting, urban development, cultural and economic fronts.” 


2024 Olympics – Olympic City: planning a new city district in the center of Hamburg

Briefing on 2 June 2015 | start 1900 hrs

Magnus Hall Hamburg | Amsinckstr. 70, 20097 Hamburg

5 minutes on foot from Hammerbrook rapid transit (S-Bahn) station


Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Senator

Prof. Jörn Walter, Chief Planning Officer

Kees Christiaanse, KCAP Architects & Planners, Rotterdam

Nikolaus Goetze, gmp international, Hamburg