Richard Meier & Partners has released images of their competition-winning design for a new 34,750 square meter (374,045 square foot) mixed-use building in Hamburg, Germany that will combine luxury condominiums, rental apartments and the new headquarters for German real estate company Engel & Völkers.
The new building will be located in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, on the waterfront of the Elbe River. The design takes advantage of this location, providing units in the 16-story residential tower, known as “STRANDHAUS by Richard Meier,” with floor to ceiling windows to take in panoramic views of the city and the water. The third to 15th floors will consist of 66 apartments, while the top floor will contain two large penthouse units.
All units will feature open, light-flooded interiors and unique details designed also by Richard Meier & Partners.
“The early history of our office is rooted in the design of some of the most iconic residential projects,” says Bernhard Karpf, design partner-in-charge. “This project continues the tradition of minimalist and light-filled spaces and of the continuous and clear organization of the intricate program requirements of a mixed-use building.”
“Natural light is the main building material, and the main characteristic of the interior spaces is their openness and transparency. They are filled with natural light and animated by the connection to the port, the city and the street life around the HafenCity district. Each floor of the development is a study in balancing transparency and natural light with various degrees of privacy required for the residential and office interiors.”
The Engel & Völkers headquarters will be located in the five levels of the base, occupying a total space of approximately 6,800 square meters. Office spaces will be organized around a double-height entrance lobby, which will invite in both employees and visitors to enjoy the public space, with details bearing Richard Meier’s signature white finishes.
“The color white is a fundamental part of Richard Meier & Partners inimitable style – a color that is also dominant throughout Engel & Völkers branding,” said Christian Völkers, CEO/Founder of Engel & Völkers AG.
Construction on the project is already underway, as the shell construction of the four-level underground parking garage has recently been completed. Due to the proximity to the Elbe River, the garage needed to utilize non-traditional construction techniques typically associated with large scale infrastructure projects and underground train tunnel designs.
“Besides the technical challenges, the planning phase has also had to take the varied uses of the building ensemble into account. The final design is a good solution that safeguards the functionality of individual areas while ensuring an attractive overall appearance,” said Philipp Schmitz-Morkramer, Founder and CEO of Quantum Immobilien AG, the project developer.
The next phase of the project with be structural construction and fitting out of the above-ground structure. The building is expected to be completed in 2018.
News via Richard Meier & Partners.
LocationHafenCity, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
Design PrincipalsRichard Meier, Bernhard Karpf
Project ArchitectsParsa Khalili, Anne Strüwing
Competition TeamKevin Browning, Bori Kang, Amalia Rusconi-Clerici, Steven Sze
Project ManagerRingo Offermann
Project TeamKevin Browning, Pablo Costa, Alejandro Guerrero, Henry Jarzabkowski, Bori Kang, Aung Thu Kyaw, Sharon Oh, Steven Sze
OwnersQuartier am Strandkai GmbH & Co. KG
PhotographsCourtesy of bloomimages, Courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners Architects