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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: October 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)
  • 77 projects completed; 63 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 2.0 million m² GFA

Usage Pattern

Residential uses
(indicative data)

  • approx. 3,000 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: € 12–20/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 incl. refugees
  • increasing higher proportion of households with children
    (HafenCity: 24.2 %; Hamburg average: 17.8%)

Office and services uses

  • more than 750 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

  • 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 (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)
  • 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 2023; operations begin at Baakenhafen 2022)
  • Baakenhafen learning and family center: four-stream primary and children's day-care incl. sports hall, training pool, education services (opens 2022)
  • 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 (completed in the north, in the south completion in 2022)
  • Elbtower: Hamburg's tallest permanently used building (approx. 245 m, 118,000 m² GFA, offices, hotel, entertainment; construction starts 2021/22)

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HafenCity Hamburg at Expo Real 2013

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is present once again this year at Expo Real in Munich. With almost 40,000 visitors and some 1,700 exhibitors, it is one of the world’s leading commercial property fairs. Between 7 and 9 October 2013, HafenCity, lead partner on the shared stand of the City of Hamburg and state of Schleswig-Holstein, will not only be presenting the next important development steps in central and eastern HafenCity but also spotlighting the many high-quality residential building projects. A total 2,500 apartments are currently planned, under construction or being put out to tender in HafenCity. At the same time, the diversity of HafenCity is increasing.

HafenCity, Europe’s most significant inner-city waterfront and downtown project, continued to make big strides in 2013. As a “new downtown”, its diversity steadily increases. It is also unmistakeably evolving into a place of knowledge: HafenCity University (HCU) will be ready within a few months, bringing new life into HafenCity in early 2014 with its around 2,000 students. In September, Kühne Logistics University KLU and MSH Medical School Hamburg moved into their newly completed building on Grasbrook.

The completion of the Elbe Arcades at the heart of HafenCity during the next few weeks adds up to much more than the addition of an outstandingly sustainable building. Its design is creating new urban quality by mingling exhibition space (Greenpeace, designport hamburg, the permanent exhibition “The Flood”) with a variety of users, and amalgamating living and working. This combination makes the building a prototype for urban development for some time to come.

HafenCity is also growing increasingly green. Just a few weeks after its opening, the innovative Grasbrookpark play park has already become a place of pilgrimage for parents and children from all over the city. At the same time, the completed south and north sections of Lohsepark are bringing its contours to life. The development of Oberhafenquartier into a dynamic place for the arts and creativity is also coming on apace. Bids on an additional 6,000 sqm space for creative users are currently being called for; it should be in use from mid-2014. At the same time, small catering and exhibition and presentation spaces will help to reinforce the public functions of the quarter.

This qualitative diversity of HafenCity development goes hand in hand with new projects underpinning it at many levels: construction for three new office users commences in the next 12 months, as well as a new hotel venture. The infrastructure is developing alongside: the extension of the U4 to the Elbe bridges is of particular importance. The U4 line is already operating to the stations at Überseequartier and HafenCity University. The way forward for development – and thus the buildability – of eastern HafenCity was also secured through the completion of the 170m Baakenhafen bridge: it represents the starting gun for realisation of around 3,000 residences in the eastern part of HafenCity.

HafenCity’s greatest progress has been in the area of home-building. More than 2,500 housing units are currently either in the planning stage or being realised in such outstanding sites as Strandkai (including three 55m residential towers), in the north of Überseequartier, by Lohsepark and on Baakenhafen harbour basin. At the same time, for the spectacular residential area of Baakenhafen, expressions of interest have been invited by the end of November to build at least 720 apartments with a mixed use concept – including four large buildings to be constructed actually in the harbour basin waters. All of these homes will be built to fulfil the criteria of the gold HafenCity Ecolabel and combine high urban quality with ecological sustainability.

Commenting on these developments in the context of Expo Real 2013, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, said: “HafenCity has firmly established itself as an outstanding inner-city residential location. Here a new living culture is evolving, with strong contacts to neighbours and a new take on work-life balance. In HafenCity families with children in particular, but also households in general, find that working and living can be admirably combined.”

Press contacts:

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
Susanne Bühler, head of press and public relations, chief press officer
Tel: +49 40 374 726 14, Cell: +49 170 321 29 16, buehler@hafencity.com

André Stark, deputy press officer
Tel.: +49 40 374 726 21, Cell: +49 151 171 598 05, stark@hafencity.com

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