An der Alster 1 / J. Mayer H. Architects


Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
Location: Hamburg,
Architect on Site: Imhotep, Donachie und Blomeyer
Sturctural Engineers: Lydia Thiesemann, CBP
Building Services: Energiehaus, Sineplan
Light Engineers: Andres – Lichtplanung
Landscape Architects: Breimann & Bruun
Project Year: 2007
Constructed Area: 5,436 sqm
Photographs: fotografieSCHAULIN, Hiepler Brunier, Dirk Fellenberg & Schraubverschluss

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The building site is situated at the intersection between the Hamburg’s lively downtown and its urban landscape rich in water and mature trees. It is at the transition from city to nature, and the gateway building to the bustling metropolitan core.


The horizontal striped facade with its floating ‘eyes’ celebrates the view onto this unique context. A public park in front of the building continues the design strategy of the facade into the landscape. The ‘eyes’ in the facade and the platforms in the park form places to meet and contemplate.

The office spaces serve both a generic spatial layout and specific moments related to the ‘eyes’. Large spans provide for various office layout configurations in combination with balconies and climatically tempered outdoor spaces of the ‘eyes’.


The office building ‘An der Alster 1’ links interior and exterior spaces to the public park in front of the building and to the city context of Hamburg, becoming a new anchor at the prestigious Aussenalster waterfront.

Cite: "An der Alster 1 / J. Mayer H. Architects" 21 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • aston79


    • PB

      I actually find the opposite-the interior is bland white modernism, the exterior is dynamic (though will be dated by the time it’s built).

  • 2MACoff

    слышь ПИЗДАТЫЕ у вас здания были в 70-х, покажешь а то не видал чет не хде…!!!

  • Andrew Geber

    i think its just great

  • cad

    SLEEPER (1973)

  • anonymous

    i’m agree with 2MACoff,
    just a old look building, it seems like a rebuild of an 70′s building.

  • mArtin

    The 70s where cool cult.

  • Sissie

    so old-fashioned……………………..

  • 格罗斯源


  • Mariana

    I like it in its “old-fashioned” way :)

    • robert


  • yulisri

    for me is just consistent,, interesting

  • The Hawk

    I had a look at this earlier in the year. It looked out of place and felt like watching a re-run of startrek, except I had seen it already.
    Have a look at the images, they do not lie.

  • alibata20

    it seems that the building has a “cartoony” effect.

    probably the effect of the black outlines surrounding each windows and the building itself.

    i find it good though, except the interior.

  • that’s what she

    get rid of the interior

  • Alice

    first sight of this building is almost like an old fashion. i like this building’s night vision though. it has more color.
    In an other word, why people don’t like colors in their design? Most of modern architects like use gray, white and black in their portfolio.