Through the HafenCity in 100 minutes

On a relatively small space here are modern, spectacular buildings, one next to the other. You can therefore get a full picture of the HafenCity quickly on a relaxing stroll.

Die Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall)

The concert hall, Hamburg's latest landmark, is rising to 26 storeys and up to 110 metres in height on the foundations of an earlier brick warehouse. The spectacular glass wave on the historic Warehouse A, designed by the Swiss architects & de Meuron, is made up of 1089 glass plates – curved to the precise millimetre, specially coated and insulated. Each one of them is unique, manufactured in Bavaria and Italy. The concert hall has seating for 2150, is located 50 metres above sea level and has been specifically set on coil springs for soundproofing.
Address: Am Kaiserkai

The Oval

The best views are most probably enjoyed by residents of the nearly 40-metre-high »Oval«, voted by the Hamburg architects and Engineers Association (AIV) as one of the buildings of the year in 2008. Ingenhoven Architects from Düsseldorf placed the eleven-storey, elliptical residential tower on five-metre columns. The wavy curved glass façade provides all thirty apartments a clear view across the harbour, the Speicherstadt and Hamburg city centre.
Address: Am Kaiserkai 10–12

Unilever House

From a distance, it's possible to mistake the white giant for a luxury liner, but the building with the air-cushion façade is the German headquarters of Unilever – and a multi-award-winning highlight of HafenCity architecture. For its ecological energy concept (LED lighting exclusively, outer membrane ETFE foil), the structural design by the firm Behnisch Architekten from Stuttgart was awarded the gold HafenCity EcoLabel, and in Barcelona it was named the world's best office building in 2009. The atrium with spa and café is open to the public, and on the large summer terrace with staircase and view of the Elbe makes you feel like you are on holiday.
Address: Strandkai 1

The Marco Polo Tower

With its 17 above-ground levels, each turned a few degrees on their axis, its staggered terraces and balconies, the tower twists up to a height of 56 metres like a sculpture, and at the same time it is one of the city's most expensive residential properties. The luxury apartments are sold according to the "design-ready" principle, and clients can design their new home according to their own taste with the help of interior designers such as Ulrike Krages and Davide Rizzo. The design by the firm Behnisch Architekten of Stuttgart was awarded the 2009 European Property Award as the best construction project and in 2010 the "Property Oscar" in the Residential Developments category.
Address: Hübenerstrasse 1

Text: Uta Bangert
This text appeared in the magazine "Hamburg: Das Magazin aus der Metropole". You can download every issue of this magazine free of charge from the website of Hamburg Marketing .

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