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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 the MIPIM 2013 real estate fair

HafenCity Hamburg will make its next major and farsighted strides in 2013. Large green spaces are taking shape, the development of sophisticated residential plans begins, and other substantial projects in the centre, such as the Elbarkaden and HafenCity University, will reach completion during the year. And as HafenCity sets standards for the future through its unusually sustainable brand of urban development – the metropolitan feel of Europe’s largest inner-city development scheme grows.

HafenCity Hamburg 2013: sustainable development into a city for the 21st century

After 12 years of construction, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH presents a positive interim balance. The western section is already an urban space, home to nearly 2,000 people, with more than 450 companies, many shops, cafés and restaurants. At the same time, development of the central and eastern neighbourhoods is becoming ever more discernible: at the end of 2013, HafenCity University will open its doors to some 2,000 students on this new site of education on the Elbe River. The opening planned for summer of the Elbarkaden, the large ensemble of buildings on Magdeburger Hafen, as well as the completion of the first parts of Lohsepark and the whole area of Grasbrookpark, will give HafenCity’s centre visible definition – though important decisions affecting the southern section of Überseequartier and its ongoing construction have still to be made.

Commenting on this during the international real estate fair MIPIM in Cannes, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, chief executive of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, said: “In central and eastern HafenCity, in particular, new projects are in the planning stage or under construction. These dynamic yet equally strategically farsighted steps will reinforce HafenCity’s qualities very strongly. Each additional good project reinforces the inspiring environment prevailing throughout HafenCity, which is already regarded internationally as the epitome of sustainable urbanity.”

East being opened up and development begins

With the extension of the new U4 subway line out to the Elbe bridges, development in the eastern neighbourhoods is taking on definite contours. Versmannstraße, the main axial route, is under construction; work on elongating the U4 through to Elbbrücken, HafenCity’s eastern end, gets under way in 2013. As soon as the large bridge across Baakenhafen harbour basin is ready in summer 2013, the way will be clear for full infrastructural development of the new neighbourhood, including flood protection. The first exclusive reservations have been secured on sites there; during 2013/14 a considerable proportion of the land will be put out to tender for a total 1,800 apartments, bringing some 3,000 new jobs. By 2018, HafenCity’s largest dock will be the site of six residential towers rooted in the water, a dense mix of green open spaces, intensive residential and leisure uses and workplaces – all in all demonstrating HafenCity’s differentiation in terms of quality.

Living and working in an optimal inner city location

Several sophisticated residential construction projects are currently planned or under construction in HafenCity. For instance, around 430 apartments are to be built by 2015/16 on the point at Strandkai, next to Unilever’s headquarters. This year construction will begin of urban mix of some 300 rental, subsidized, joint-venture and privately owned apartments sited between Shanghaiallee and Lohsepark. Following the architectural competitions for this development and filing of building applications, excavators are already at work. Meanwhile the overall concept for Überseequartier is being reinforced. With the opening of the subway station of the same name in December 2012, the last remaining building sites in the northern section are being developed. Immediately opposite the Speicherstadt a group of users, led by an experienced real estate developer, is planning the joint development of a classy mix of residential uses, hotel, as well as cinema and entertainment facilities. Exclusive planning rights were assigned at the end of 2012, making way for the architectural competition currently under way. At the same time, several larger corporate locations are emerging in HafenCity; construction on some of them will start in 2013.

Sustainable city for the future

Throughout its entire development, HafenCity has been setting leading-edge standards, not only through its dense mix of urban uses, but also through targeted sustainable urban development activities, both in areas already completed and in those taking shape. In addition to the green quality of buildings, an efficient and climate-friendly urban structure, a forward-looking mobility concept and high efficiency energy for heating provision are being put into place. This also takes into consideration a multitude of individual aspects and encourages and initiates sustainability at different levels. One important element is the Ecolabel in gold, awarded by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH: “Despite the tough requirements, compliance with the strict criteria of the HafenCity Ecolabel is increasingly a condition for an exclusive option,” noted Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg. “Already more than 70 per cent of the buildings in Elbtorquartier are being built in line with the gold standard. And since realisation of residential buildings in future will only be possible to gold standard requirements, all of the new residential buildings in Baakenhafen neighbourhood will be built to the highest sustainability standards, which will enhance the quality of living in the centre of Hamburg still further.”
The HafenCity Ecolabel certifies outstanding attainments in realising ecological buildings and responsible management of resources; the ecological, economic and social sustainability factors of a building project are evaluated.

International flagship project: HafenCity Hamburg

“With its qualities of urbanity and sustainability, HafenCity has developed into an outstanding project of intelligent new-city building in the centre of a major city which is also setting standards globally. This is what we plan to show at MIPIM 2013, in order to win over more participants, investors, developers but also individual users for the ambitious urban development of Hamburg,” said Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, summarising the goals of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH at this year’s MIPIM.

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