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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 the MIPIM 2014

HafenCity Hamburg will be exhibiting again this year at MIPIM in Cannes, one of the world’s most important commercial and residential real estate fairs. From 11 to 14 March 2014 HafenCity Hamburg GmbH will be the main representative of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on the joint stand for the whole of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Its presentation will include sustainable growth, with nine projects getting under way in 2014 alone on some 180,000 sqm gross floor area (GFA), accounting for an investment volume of around EUR 650 million. At the same time HafenCity’s development trends are becoming clearer and clearer – it is growing more diverse, younger and more creative.

In 2014 HafenCity will not only be the scene of a lot of new building sites but a year of ambitious private ventures. Nine projects will get under way in different HafenCity neighborhoods in 2014 alone on some 180,000 sqm gross floor area (GFA) and accounting for an investment volume of around EUR 650 million. In central HafenCity a new developer and joint venture partner is expected to be engaged for southern Überseequartier characterized by retail uses. This unconventional mixed-use showpiece project will have an investment volume of at least EUR 800 million. After general planning 2015, construction should start here in the second half of 2016.

Meanwhile HafenCity is emerging as a knowledge quarter with a series of private universities such as Kühne Logistics University and Medical School Hamburg (both at Grosser Grasbrook since 2013) as well as the public HafenCity University (HCU), a university of architecture and metropolitan development, which opens April 2014. Networks are increasingly developing among these centers of higher education and between them and the businesses in HafenCity.

Finally the varied cultural uses in HafenCity will grow too, once cultural and creative users are decided on for a further 6,000 sqm of former warehouse space in Oberhafen quarter and the temporary cultural and event space is allocated 2014 on the prominent Baakenhöft promontory between Baakenhafen and the River Elbe.

Meanwhile the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, whose exterior is largely complete, is already dominating the HafenCity district and is a new international landmark for Hamburg. Its interior construction is now under way, the highly complex building, providing two concert auditoria, a five-star hotel, a large publicly accessible plaza at a height of 35 meters, and around 45 apartments, should be completed 2016. The inaugural concert is scheduled for 2017.

HafenCity is already developing visible urban, creative and green credentials. There are now well over 2,000 people living here in a wide variety of residential contexts ranging from luxurious privately owned apartments to residential association and cooperative developments as well as the first publicly subsidized housing. More than 2,500 further apartments are currently being planned or built, including six spectacular residential towers to be constructed right in the harbor basin in Baakenhafen neighborhood. Almost all buildings in central and eastern HafenCity will meet the demanding criteria for the gold HafenCity Ecolabel, while integrated flexible mobility will be developed, combining subway, hydrogen-powered buses, bicycle rental stations, car pools and electric mobility, as well as a drastically reduced number of car parking spaces. The level of quality already achieved is confirmed by the latest PwC/Urban Land Institute (ULI) Report “Emerging Trends in Real Estate. Europe 2014”: “HafenCity, Hamburg’s gigantic redevelopment of its former port is midway through creating an entirely new quarter that will double the population of the city centre. Due to be finished in 2025, it will also make Hamburg one of the most sustainable cities in Europe.”

“HafenCity today shows what a major international urban development project can achieve,” comments HafenCity Hamburg GmbH Chief Executive Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg: “successful cooperation between the public sector, providing high-quality investment and intelligent incentives, and outstanding private projects delivering a total of 45,000 job opportunities and over 6,000 homes, all continuing the development of Hamburg’s identity, generating a high level of urbanity and at the same time making an important contribution to the sustainability of the city.”

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HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
Susanne Bühler, head of press and public relations,
Tel: +49 40 374 726-14, Mobil: +49 170 321 29 16

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