The project unfolds around the crossing over the river Elbe on the east side of Hamburg. This area is quite close to the centre yet disconnected from it and defined by its peripheral aspects of fragmentation, residual space, vast natural qualities and industrial heritage. With Hamburg’s rapid evolution, the desire to integrate the area into this urban dynamic became urgent.

The proposed strategy attempts to combine the desire to create an eastern city entrance around the two bridges with a building strategy and the potential to strengthen a local but complex fabric of great value. The strategy was developed on a basic hypothesis of a natural bank with room for a park structure between existing and new developments and a mineral bank that enabled the existing industrial typologies to be complemented by additional development. A bicycle network that tapped into the existing rail and car connections was projected onto the framework so that new developments would be less dependent on cars. Through these new connections, the riverbanks could be opened up for public use while retaining a diverse identity.

  • Location

    Hamburg, Germany

  • Client

    City of Hamburg

  • Completion


  • In collaboration with


  • 51N4E project team

    Harold Vermeiren, Paul Steinbruck, Freek Persyn, Daryan Knoblauch, Jonas Trittman, Samia Wahbi

  • 51N4E involvement

    Future planning strategies

  • Programme

    Public, heritage, landscape, offices, housing

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