Facts & figures

HafenCity and its development in figures

HafenCity Hamburg is setting new standards – at least in Europe – in successful integrated urban development that takes local requirements and high expectations of urbanity and sustainability equally into consideration.

On an area of 157 ha, a lively city is taking shape, a new downtown on the waterfront with a fine-grained blend of workplaces and residential uses, education, culture and leisure, tourism and retail facilities.

Basic data

  • Overall area: 157 ha of former port and industrial land
  • Land area: 127 ha
  • Expansion of Hamburg City area by 40% 
  • Proportion of public open spaces and publicly accessible private open spaces: 38%
  • 10.5 km dockside promenade/3.1 km Elbe embankment
  • approx. 7,500 homes (approx. 1,500–2,000 subsidized) for approx. 15,000 residents
  • approx. 5,000 students
  • Building density: 3.7–6.1 FSI (floor space index)
  • Residential density: approx. 118/ha (land area)
  • Employee density: approx. 354/ha (land area)
  • 80 projects completed; 61 projects under construction or planned
  • Investment volume: 
    • private investment – around € 10 billion
    • public investment – € 3 billion, mostly financed from special assets fund from sales of plots in HafenCity
  • General planning basis:
    • Masterplan 2000
    • Masterplan revision for eastern HafenCity 2010
  • Deals through sale of land or exclusive options have been closed on around 2.0 million m² GFA

Residential uses

(indicative data)

  • approx. 3,070 residential units completed
  • price spectrum:
    • subsidized living: € 6.60/m² (first tier subsidy) and € 8.70/m² (second tier)
    • housing cooperative rentals: € 9.50–14/m²
    • controlled price housing: € 11.50-13/m²
    • rental market: € 12–25/m²
    • privately owned homes:
      • from approx. € 3,500-4,500/m² (joint building ventures)
      • over € 4,500–6,500/m² (developer-managed concepts)
      • up to € 6,500–10,000/m² (luxury concepts), in exceptions e.g. penthouses over € 10,500/m²
  • current number of residents: approx. 6,000 (incl. refugees)
  • increasing higher proportion of households with children (HafenCity: 22.6 %; Hamburg average: 18%)

Office and services uses

  • more than 930 companies to date including approx. 45 larger firms
  • creation of up to 45,000 jobs (of which 35,000 office jobs)
  • current jobs: approx. 15,000

Selected cultural institutions

  • Oberhafen (creative quarter in former railroad sheds, some in use, some being modernized)
  • International Maritime Museum Hamburg (private, opened 2008)
  • Prototyp automobile museum (private, opened 2008)
  • Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall (opened 2017)
  • denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof documentation center (permanent exhibiton on the deportations from 1940 to 1945, opens mid-2022)

Education facilities

  • HCU HafenCity University (since 2014)
  • KLU Kühne Logistics University (since 2010)
  • MSH Medical School Hamburg (since 2010)
  • International School of Management (branch; since 2010)
  • Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (branch; since 2011)
  • Campus HafenCity: educational establishment with Gymnasium secondary school and incl. sports hall and child daycare (Lohsepark building opens 2025; temporary operations begin at Lohsepark 2021, at Baakenhafen 2023)
  • Baakenhafen learning and family center: four-stream primary and child daycare incl. sports hall, training pool, education services (opens 2023, temporary facilities open 2021)
  • Katharinen school (primary; since 2009)
  • six child daycare centers operational (of which one temporary), six more under construction or planned (total approx. 1,200 spaces)

Special projects

  • Traditional Ship Harbor in Sandtorhafen harbor basin: 5,800 m² floating square on pontoons (since 2008)
  • Ecumenical Forum (since 2012)
  • Elbe Arcades (since 2013)
  • denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof (memorial with three elements in and at Lohsepark, step-by-step completion since 2016)
  • Lohsepark (since 2016)
  • 1.6 ha Baakenpark recreational island (since 2018)
  • Überseequartier: highly integrated mixed-use quarter (retail, residential, hotel, entertainment, offices, cruise ship terminal, gastronomy), 400,000 m² GFA, 6,100 jobs (completed in the north, completion in the south 2023)
  • Community houses Grasbrookpark, Lohsepark and Baakenpark (construction starts 2021)
  • Elbtower: Hamburg's tallest permanently used building (approx. 245 m, 118,000 m² GFA, offices, hotel, audience-related uses, visitor platform at 220 m, entertainment; construction starts 2021/22)
  • Germany's tallest wooden building in Elbbrücken neighborhood (65 m, 181 homes, exhibition space for Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung, offices and gastronomy, completion 2023)

Facts & figures

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Status: January 2021
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Genesis of an idea

The basic outlines of HafenCity’s development date back to the early 1990s

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