Office Building West Holzhafen Hamburg
Office Building West
Holzhafen Hamburg

Urban ren­o­va­tion along the string of pearls between the Spe­ich­er­stadt and Övelgönne.

Office Building West Holzhafen Hamburg
Office Building West Holzhafen Hamburg
Office Building West Holzhafen Hamburg

CLIENT
B&L Gruppe, Hamburg

COM­PLE­TION
2011

SIZE
15.300 sqm GFA

COL­LAB­O­RA­TION
Kees Chris­ti­aanse, Rotterdam
local partner: Kunst + Herbert, Hamburg

PHO­TO­CRE­D­ITS
ASTOC / HG Esch pho­tog­ra­phy

Office Building West Holzhafen Hamburg

The ar­chi­tec­tur­al starting point for the seven-storey building for offices and shops was the search for a typology which blends con­fi­dent­ly with the harbour and in­cor­po­rates the tradition of venerable Hamburg houses such as the Chile House. ASTOC breaks new ground here in the 1990s by applying a con­tin­u­ous brick façade to a building design divided into stacks. The brick façade is rhyth­mi­cal­ly arranged thanks to large glazed elements at the corners which establish a link with a district teeming with variety. The public boardwalk along the Elbe connects the building with its naturally developed sur­round­ings.

The office building is part of the whole ensemble as a sequence of recumbent and upright struc­tures. The 1985 Building Forum initiated the struc­tur­al changes to Hamburg’s port and the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the northern bank of the Elbe. ASTOC, Kees Chris­ti­aanse and Christian Herbert prevailed over pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tion­al ar­chi­tec­tur­al firms in the 1994 com­pe­ti­tion and won contracts for a res­i­den­tial tower and two adjacent office buildings in Holzhafen.

Office Building West Holzhafen Hamburg
Office Building West Holzhafen Hamburg
Office Building West Holzhafen Hamburg
Office Building West Holzhafen Hamburg