Meeting place for everyone: Construction starts on Lohsepark community building

Not long now: At the play area in Lohsepark, construction of the long-awaited community house is due to begin in May 2021. The colorful wooden building with a lookout tower and roof greening will be built in the playground area on the side of the street Am Lohsepark facing the park. It will be a social meeting place for visitors of all ages.  
One can already guess where the community building will stand. Since the building and its location were planned as a fixed part of the park and the playground from the outset, the layout of play areas here was temporary and they have been kept simple, largely using grass and hedges.

Preparatory work from the end of February 2021

So that building work can start on time, the hedges in the play area are currently being removed. After that, a few trees will need to be uprooted so that there is sufficient space to secure the building site. These measures are only temporary, however. Once the building is complete, the adjacent park areas will be restored and the trees replanted. Then the whole of the fenced-in play area will finally be completely open for use again. Due to the construction work, the play area will be somewhat reduced in size until September 2022.

Communal space through communal design

The building in Lohsepark is one of three community buildings in HafenCity’s parks – the others will be built in Grassbrookpark and Baakenpark – and will become a new meeting place for a whole range of neighborhood activities. The wooden building designed by rethmeierschlaich architekten is cheerful, colorful, inviting and visible from afar thanks to its lookout tower.

The use concept was intensively developed with active participation from the neighborhood. The interior of the community building will be able to be used flexibly: half of the area will be for communal use, with a neighborhood office, multi-purpose rooms and a kitchen. The other half will be for park and playground amenities. A café, public toilets and storage space for rental equipment and toys are also planned. Opening is set for fall 2022.