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HafenCity development: facts and 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.

HafenCity is being developed from west to east and from north to south. In the meantime, HafenCity has become established as a popular place to live and work. (© HafenCity Hamburg GmbH)

Status: February 2019

Stages of development in HafenCity

  • 1997: Announcement of HafenCity project
  • 1999: Masterplan competition: winner KeesChristiaanse / ASTOC
  • 2000: Masterplan agreed by Senate2001: Above-ground construction begins (SAP, now KLU / MSH)
  • 2003: Completion of first building, building starts on first neighborhood (Am Sandtorkai / Dalmannkai)
  • 2005: First residents move in
  • 2009: Construction of first neighborhood completed
  • 2010: Revision of Masterplan for eastern HafenCity
  • 2012: U4 subway to HafenCity opens
  • 2014: Opening of HafenCity University (HCU) in HafenCity
  • 2017: Opening of Elbphilharmonie concert hall
  • 2017: Construction begins in southern Überseequartier
  • 2018: Elbbrücken subway station opens
  • 2019: Elbbrücken rapid transit station goes into service
  • 2021/22: Construction of Elbtower begins
  • 2022: Opening of Überseequartier and new cruise ship terminal
  • 2025–2030: Projected completion of HafenCity (apart from a few buildings)

Basic data

  • Overall area: 157 ha of former port and industrial land
  • Land area: 127 ha
  • Expansion of Hamburg City area by 40% 
  • 10.5 km dockside promenade/3.1 km Elbe embankment
  • Proportion of public open spaces and publicly accessible private open spaces: 38%
  • over 7,500 homes (approx. 1,500–2,000 subsidized) for approx. 15,000 residents
  • Building density: 3.7–6.1 floor space index (FSI)
  • Residential density: 118 / ha (land area)
  • Employee density: 354 / ha (land area)
  • 68 projects completed; 71 projects under construction or planned
  • Investment volume: private investment – around € 10 billion; public investment – € 3 billion, mostly financed from special assets fund 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 1.8 million m² GFA

Usage Pattern

Residential uses
(indicative data)

  • approx. 3,000 residential units completed
  • price spectrum:
    – subsidized living: € 6.50 / m² (first tier subsidy) and € 8.60 / m² (second tier)
    – housing cooperative rentals: € 9.50–14 / m²
    – controlled price housing: € 11.50-13 / m²
    – rental market: € 12–20 / m²
    – privately owned homes:
        - from approx. € 3,500-4,000 / m² (joint building ventures)
        - over € 4,000–6,000 / m² (developer-managed concepts)
        - up to € 6,000–10,000 / m² (luxury concepts); individual cases e.g. penthouses over
          € 10,000 / m²
  • Current number of residents: approx. 4,000
  • increasing higher proportion of households with children
    (HafenCity: 23.8 %; Hamburg average: 17.8%)

Office and services uses

  • more than 730 companies to date including approx. 40 larger firms
  • creation of up to 45,000 jobs (of which 35,000 office jobs)
  • current jobs: approx. 14,000

Selected cultural institutions

  • Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall (opened 2017)
  • International Maritime Museum Hamburg (private, opened 2008)
  • Prototyp automobile museum (private, opened 2008)
  • Oberhafen (creative quarter in former railroad sheds, some in use, some being modernized)
  • denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof documentation center (deportation exhibition, opens 2021/21)

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)
  • HafenCity school campus: educational establishment with four Gymnasium secondary streams and three community school streams incl. three-court sports hall, poss. added residential (Am Lohsepark building opens 2022/23; operations begin at Baakenhafen 2021)
  • Baakenhafen learning and family center: four-stream primary and children's day-care incl. sports hall, training pool, education services (opens 2020)
  • Katharinen school (primary; since 2009)
  • six children’s day-care centers operational (of which one temporary), two more under construction or planned (total more than 1,000 spaces)

Special projects
(not including cultural projects)

  • Traditional Ship Harbor in Sandtorhafen harbor basin: 5,800 sqm floating square on pontoons (since 2008)
  • Ecumenical Forum (since 2012)
  • Elbe Arcades (since 2013)
  • denk.mal Hanover railroad station (memorial with three elements in and at Lohsepark, step-by-step completion since 2016)
  • Lohsepark (since 2016)
  • 1.6 ha Baakenpark recreational island (completion 2018)
  • Überseequartier: highly integrated mixed-use quarter (retail, residential, hotel, entertainment, offices, cruise ship terminal, gastronomy), 410,000 m2 GFA, 6,100 jobs (completion 2022)
  • Elbtower: Hamburg's tallest permanently used building (approx. 240 m, 105,000 m² GFA, offices, hotel, entertainment; construction starts 2021/22)

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HafenCity at MIPIM 2017: powerfully innovative urban development

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is presenting the full breadth of innovative urban development at MIPIM, the international real estate fair in Cannes. From March 14–17, 2017, Europe’s biggest inner-city urban development project is a main partner on the Hamburg pavilion – Stand R8.B20 in the Festival Palais. The focus this year is on the final plots available in Baakenhafen quarter and the invitation to tender for the first residential sites in Elbbrücken quarter – in addition to information on how the project is progressing. Plus HafenCity is treading new paths for Hamburg with a site for an imposing, sculptural high-rise right next to the Elbe bridges. Following a public curtain-raiser in Hamburg, the project is now being presented to an international public for the first time at the real estate fair in Cannes

In spring 2017 parts of HafenCity resemble a major construction site – alongside the many completed areas. Altogether nine projects covering c. 180,000 sqm gross floor area (GFA) are under construction, among them the final plot in northern Überseequartier, the major Watermark, Freeport and Shipyard construction site with a 70 m high tower by the River Elbe, and the first projects in Baakenhafen quarter. A further c. 320,000 sqm GFA will be added this year when the residential development at Strandkai, including two high-quality residential towers (total c. 500 residential units) and the construction of the central neighborhood area in Baakenhafen quarter get under way. Unibail Rodamco has already started work on southern Überseequartier. It is not just its intense mix of uses and its size that make this project unparalleled internationally; retail space accounts for 23 percent in the whole of Überseequartier (north and south), with additional space for catering, entertainment, offices, c. 1,200 hotel rooms, c. 1,100 apartments and a vertically integrated cruise terminal. Around 6,100 jobs will be created in the process.                                                               

Ambitious concepts to the east

Planning is under way in eastern HafenCity both for the next residential and office projects, to be built to high sustainability standards, and for ambitious sustainable mobility concepts. Building has already been going on at Baakenhafen for more than a year, with 20 plots so far either granted options to plan or sold. More than 1,900 apartments, the neighborhood shopping center, a primary school with kindergarten, offices, a hotel and the sports dome are at the planning stage. Meanwhile the way is being cleared for early development in Elbbrücken quarter to the east. An urban commercial and residential district will be created here. Close to the city center, it will have excellent public transport connections once the subway and rapid transit stations open in December 2018. The gateway to the city center, it will become home both to major corporations and to small, up-and-coming companies and also be an attractive residential location with its proximity to the Elbe embankment, to Baakenhafen and to Oberhafen, as well as to verdant Entenwerder island.

HafenCity’s easternmost and largest district, Elbbrücken comprises c. 560,000 sqm GFA. It has the potential for 13,000 jobs and great possibilities as an attractive residential district with c. 1,100 homes. Three plots here have been allocated so far (exclusive options with an obligation to plan), with others to follow in coming months. As well as a joint prevention center for two employers’ liability insurance associations, BGW and VBG, for which the architecture competition is currently running, the internationally active photovoltaic enterprise Enerparc is to build its corporate headquarters here. The very innovative building concept embraces not only employee start-ups, but also highly ambitious sustainability standards. In addition, OVG Real Estate GmbH is constructing an innovative "high-tech smart building" to the highest digitization and sustainability standards. It will act as a new employment generator for a range of companies and should provide an outstanding environment for growth.

At Baakenhafen the four final plots for c. 250 homes plus commercial uses in an attractive waterfront setting are currently out to tender. At the same time, residential development in Elbbrücken quarter is about to get under way. Four plots with space for c. 220 homes plus commercial areas with an outstanding southern aspect right next to the Elbe will soon be on offer. Options could be granted on six more predominantly commercial plots here in the next few months, so that planning can start on exciting mixed-use projects comprising offices, residential units and an unusual congress hotel.

Elbtower: opportunity of the century

It is the powerful culmination of HafenCity development to the east and simultaneously the entrée to the center of Hamburg – a signal high-rise next to the Elbe bridges that demands special qualities: a sculptural high-rise, an unusual top to the building and sustainable construction to the highest international technical standards. This is the only point where Hamburg can really grow upwards without disturbing the historical cityscape and inner-city skyline with the Elbphilharmonie and the church and town hall spires. Uses that would come into consideration for the about 200 m high building include offices, hotel, exhibition and event space and possibly residential. Following a public curtain-raiser in Hamburg, the project is now being presented to the international public for the first time at the real estate fair in Cannes. The private developer is set to be identified in 2018, then it will be for the Hamburg Senate and Parliament to decide. Construction could begin in 2020.

“In its western districts, Europe’s biggest inner-city urban development project is already a vital, culturally diverse home to 2,800 residents, a workplace for about 12,000 people in over 730 businesses, as well as a place of learning for 5,000 students,” says Professor Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Chief Executive of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. “At the same time, a highly urban place of innovation with superb infrastructural connections will be created in the east. With its Elbtower, both HafenCity and Hamburg as a whole will be gaining a sculptural landmark of outstanding importance.”

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HafenCity Hamburg GmbH,
Susanne Bühler, Head of Press and Public Relations, Press Spokeswoman
Tel: +49 40 374 726 14, Mobile: +49 170 321 29 16

André Stark, Deputy Press Spokesperson
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