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Variety is the spice of life in HafenCity - Result of architectural competition for Am Lohsepark residential neighborhood

The picture shows the concept for a part od the quarter Am Lohsepark

The concept from Böge Lindner K2 Architekten has been awarded (© Böge Lindner K2 Architekten)

A new residential area with an unusually diverse mix of residents is being created at Lohsepark, HafenCity’s own central park. The buildings to be realized between Shanghaiallee and Yokohamastrasse will encompass an innovative mix of rental and privately owned homes, a scattering of services businesses, and several kindergarten day centers.  And for the first time in HafenCity, publicly subsidized housing is to be built. The successful bidders for the site are two pioneers of HafenCity development, the Bergedorf-Bille building cooperative and Otto Wulff Bauunternehmung GmbH, a construction firm. The winners in the architectural competition for the construction project for around 140 homes, held in cooperation with HafenCity Hamburg GmbH and the Hamburg urban development and environment ministry, are the Hamburg firms APB Architekten and Böge Lindner K2 Architekten and Haslob Kruse + Partner from Bremen.

The area of HafenCity around Lohsepark will be full of activity and variety.  A large block-development of around 20,000 sqm will unite an urban mix of rented, subsidized and owned apartments. This will include integrative residential concepts for people with and without disability issues, to be developed in cooperation with Leben mit Behinderung (disability housing charity). In addition, the neighborhood will incorporate two kindergarten day centers, a medical center and a small food market, as well as public meeting space.

Designs for this innovative construction project were revised during the architectural competition to break the construction area down into two sub-sites, A and B. The jury of experts evaluated the work of 12 well-known architectural firms. Awards went to the work of APB Architekten, Böge Lindner K2 Architekten and Haslob Kruse + Partner. The development will be planned by these three firms of architects, giving the Quarree, as it is called, its own distinct identity.

Hamburg architects APB Architekten received first prize for their design for sub-site A (Otto Wulff). They divided the construction area into three buildings. A five-story building on Shanghai will be home to students and people with disabilities. The second building on Yokohamastrasse will provide apartments for rent, whilst the corner building facing the park will contain privately owned apartments. Each house connects directly to the green inner courtyard.

This allows a clear demarcation between the protected private area and the public sphere.

The second prize for sub-site A went to Haslob Kruse + Partner from Bremen. Their design stands out because of its generously proportioned exposed stairwell. Balconies on two sides also offer each apartment a special quality of exterior space.

As well as aiming for a very mixed social community, Otto Wulff Bauunternehmung and the Bergedorf-Bille building cooperative – which are jointly responsible for finance and implementation of the project – environmental compatibility was an important objective. The buildings on site 70 will qualify for the HafenCity Ecolabel gold standard and thus offer a particularly high standard of housing.

The EUR 50m construction project is expected to begin in 2012. The first building should be completed at the end of 2013/2014, ready for its very socially heterogeneous residential community – and commercial users – to move in.


Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, chief executive, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH:

“The Am Lohsepark residential construction project is the seventh neighborhood in HafenCity to get under way. A very impressive mix of concepts will take shape, designed to serve a variety of housing needs. This quarter of HafenCity will be a really good place to live – with its kindergarten day centers, gymnasium in future and a direct subway connection.”

Professor Jörn Walter, Chief Construction Officer, Ministry of Urban Development and Environment: “It is good that the first residential block at Lohsepark allows such a noble and sensible interpretation of architectural language. The kindergarten day centers at ground floor level could easily become a highlight in HafenCity.”

Stefan Wulff, managing director, Otto Wulff Bauunternehmung GmbH: “The exciting characteristic of this new neighborhood is the urban mix of rental and privately owned homes, along with publicly subsidized units on the one hand, and office and commercial uses on the other. This wide spectrum will influence quality of life positively in HafenCity for the long term. For our company it virtually goes without saying that the project focuses on environmental soundness.”

Marko Lohmann, chairman, Bergedorf-Bille building cooperative:

“These family-oriented three to four room apartments add to our range of cooperative housing options in HafenCity. We are making a communal room available to residents at Am Lohsepark – as we did in Kaiserkai, where thanks to the involvement of many residents, it provided the conditions for a good neighborhood to germinate.”


The architectural competition designs will be put on public display from 16 November until 4 December.

Location: HafenCity InfoCenter in Kesselhaus, Am Sandtorkai 30, HafenCity

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm.


Press contacts:

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Susanne Bühler

Telephone: 040 / 3747 26-14