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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 Hamburg at MIPIM: Sophisticated neighborhood developments lay foundations for forward looking investment

HafenCity Hamburg will be exhibiting in 2015 at MIPIM in Cannes, one of the world’s most important real estate and urban development fairs. From March 11-13 HafenCity will be the main representative of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on the Hamburg Metropolitan Region pavilion, further strengthening Hamburg’s international credentials.

Central to the presentation at the fair, in addition to the latest cityscape-shaping architectural and urban development decisions at Strandkai, Überseequartier and Baakenhafen, will be sophisticated developments in HafenCity’s quarters. Forming the basis for further forward-looking investments, they ensure that the breadth and diversity of concepts in Europe’s biggest inner-city urban development project also continue to grow.

Überseequartier, Strandkai, Baakenhafen – in HafenCity architectural and investment decisions are now being made that shape the cityscape and will have a far-reaching impact on the future quality of the whole city of Hamburg. HafenCity is not only getting new architectonic facets; towards the Elbe Hamburg is gaining a major new inner-city urban skyline which will run from the Elbphilharmonie, to be opened in 2017, past the residential towers at Strandkai and the new Überseequartier waterfront, to the Water Houses in Baakenhafen, designed by Pritzker prizewinner Shigeru Ban, and ultimately all the way to the river crossing at Elbbrücken.

At the same time interest in acquiring property in HafenCity continues to grow rapidly. HafenCity plays a large part in the continued very positive development of the whole commercial property market in Hamburg, which in 2014 achieved a 26 percent increase in turnover year on year to €3.6 billion. One of the biggest deals in recent years was the transfer at the beginning of 2015 of northern Überseequartier, with five mixed-use buildings, from several long-term invested pension funds to a special fund managed by the US real estate company Hines for more than €200 million. Financially strong international investors are not the only ones interested in HafenCity; there is a big demand from regional developers and users, too.

In 2015 HafenCity will be characterized by sophisticated development in several quarters which will pave the way for further forward-looking investment. A green residential and recreation quarter is developing around Baakenhafen harbor basin – a sustainable “urban village” in the middle of the city, with varied living concepts, some of them subsidized, for families students and seniors, but also with many jobs; and the number of families with children is growing. The complex task of developing the neighborhood is now getting under way, with architectural competitions involving more than 60 architects. At the same time the form of eastern HafenCity will be defined through the last urban planning competition, whose result will be announced in fall 2015.

Following the breakthrough for southern Überseequartier, in central HafenCity, with contracts signed in December 2014 and approval from the Hamburg Parliament in January 2015, work can get under way here in 2017 – the French real-estate firm Unibail-Rodamco will be investing around €860 million here in the next few years. The central areas are expected to be completed in 2021.

The recently announced outcome of the architecture competition for western Strandkai will add to this developing cityscape. Four buildings with almost 500 residential units, including two residential towers about 60 meters high, will be built on one of the most attractive inner-city waterside plots in Europe to plans by Christoph Ingenhoven and Hadi Teherani. Thus Hamburg’s new Elbe waterfront is evolving on two levels from Baakenhafen to the Elbphilharmonie, with two more impressive high-rise projects forming a further part of this new aspect: ECE’s Intelligent Quarters in the immediate neighborhood of HafenCity University and the new Engel & Völkers company headquarters at Strandkai, with additional apartments, built to plans by another Pritzker prizewinner, Richard Meier.

Meanwhile HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is beginning work on the inner-city Billebogen area, whose developments include the “Neue Huckepackbahnhof” with a “Speicherstadt” warehouse quarter for the 21st century and production areas on multiple levels – a future-oriented project integrating the diversity of production forms more closely into the urban context.

Commenting on the development, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH CEO, Prof Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, said:

“The HafenCity project is a major international model of urban transformation and exhibits an increasing spectrum and variety of concepts, ranging from major projects by international builders to more modest neighborhood developments. HafenCity, with its qualities of urbanity and sustainability, is already an outstanding initiative of intelligent new city building, going beyond pure urban construction – one that is setting standards internationally.”


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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 spokesman
Tel: +49 40 374 726 21, Mobile: +49 151 171 598 05

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