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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 2018: Reinventing the city in central Hamburg

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is presenting the full breadth of innovative urban development at MIPIM, the international real estate fair in Cannes. From March 13–16, 2018, Europe’s biggest inner-city urban development project is a main partner on the Hamburg pavilion – Stand R8.B20 in the Palais des Festivals. The focus this year is on the final plots available in HafenCity in addition to information on how the project is progressing. Plus HafenCity is treading new paths for Hamburg with the Elbtower, a sculptural high-rise right next to the Elbe bridges. Together with the new Elbbrücken subway and rapid transit station it will become a new urban hub with an influence reaching into the new urban development areas of Billebogen and Grasbrook.

HafenCity’s development on the ground has reached its eastern point. Specular high-rises, water on three sides and a large central square characterize the densely developed commercial and residential Elbbrücken neighborhood. In the coming three to four years, the remaining plots in HafenCity will be allocated for development. Afterwards the Elbtower, a powerful culmination to HafenCity with a height of 235 metres, will act as a curtain-raiser for the entrée to inner-city Hamburg and the new, adjacent urban development zones. The purchase contract here was signed February 2018. The powerful iconographic design by David Chipperfield Architects incorporates itself respectfully into the new Hanseatic skyline on the banks of the Elbe. Construction could get under way 2021, with opening in 2025 or 2026. In future the Elbtower – privately built and financed by SIGNA Prime Selection AG – will take its place as a matter of course as part of Hamburg’s urban landscape, forming a sculptural urban counterpart to the Elbphilharmonie.

With the new subway and rapid transit stations due to open right next to the Elbtower site in December 2018, HafenCity will already be more closely connected with the whole city center and neighboring areas. This central transport intersection will guarantee easy access and a high development density. It is centrally situated in an approx. 301-hectare zone of inner-city transformation – with a high use density and unique urban economic potential – made up of HafenCity, Billebogen and the new district of Grasbrook.

New city entrée and urban manufacturing

Billebogen gives Hamburg an additional gateway to the inner city to the north of the Elbe and space for innovative entrepreneurial concepts providing about 10,000 jobs plus up to 1,000 homes. It will create a new, integrated entrée to Hamburg’s inner city along a 900-meter axis from Elbbrücken, via the new intermodal rail station to Billbecken harbor basin. A further focal point currently is the new intermodal rail station itself. About 3,000 high-quality jobs will be created here in commercial buildings of a new, vertically organized kind – in an innovation-oriented new urban structure for manufacturing.

Rethinking urban development

Hamburg’s new urban development project Grasbrook – south of the Elbe and opposite HafenCity – will offer space for new offices, commercial buildings, research facilities and laboratories as well as homes. Plans foresee 16,000 jobs, 3,000 homes for about 6,000 residents, plus shopping facilities, a primary school and child daycare centers. About 880,000 sqm of gross floor area above ground will be created on about 65 hectares and there will be 4.9 km of publicly accessible waterfront, combined with attractive green spaces and high-quality public urban areas. A district for innovation with new structures and solutions for the future will emerge here. A focus on innovation will be more important than speed. That holds true for the companies that base themselves here as well as for the district’s mobility, digital and energy concepts.

“The whole new inner-city transformation zone of HafenCity, Billebogen and Grasbrook is an expression of Hamburg’s intelligent urban development strategy. It significantly strengthens the city’s competitiveness within Europe and creates new jobs, and residential and leisure areas for many,” says Professor Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Chief Executive of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. “The different zones of opportunity with their individual focuses give varying answers to important questions about the future of the cities of today and tomorrow.”

Press contacts:
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, Press Spokesperson
Tel: +49 40 374 726 21, Mobile: +49 151 171 598 05

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