The crystalline structure of this residential tower is visible from afar, allowing free views of the Holzhafen.
B&L Gruppe Hamburg
9.000 sqm GFA
Kees Christiaanse, Rotterdam
local partner: Kunst + Herbert, Hamburg
BDA Hamburg Architektur Preis 2012, special mention
Architekturpreis Zukunft Wohnen 2012, shortlist
The revitalisation projects line up along the edge of the harbour like a “string of pearls” in Hamburg-Altona, and they have been created as a result of the restructuring ongoing since the mid-1980s. The 21-storey glass residential tower at Holzhafen is an eyecatcher amid the rhythmical juxtaposition of flat harbour buildings and vertical cranes between two brick-faced office complexes. This landmark stands on a plinth of black natural stone above which 37 apartments are arranged boasting a 270 degree panoramic view in the towers with their total focus on the Elbe. The flat glass façade with casement windows lends the tower which divides into two in the upper stories, crystalline lines. The parts of the building designed as an irregular pentagon and rectangle are connected by a glass lift.
As a town by the water, Hamburg possesses many attractive locations which leads to hot competition in the high-priced residential segment. Since its completion in 2011, this crystalline residential tower with its exceptional position in the Holzhafen does full justice to these exclusive aspirations. ASTOC produced high-tech apartments with open floor plans, high ceilings and glazed corners with panoramic views which were designed by different interior designers with a high standard of fittings. In the prismatic structure, the apartments in the area of the plinth, each of 60 - 100 sqm, as well as those in the towers measuring 120 - 360 sqm each, possess large outdoor areas with deep, wind-shielded loggias and terraces. The residential tower has been carefully embedded in the harbour’s edge in order to open up a view of the water from the districts behind.