The CEPI Board visits “HafenCity” at Hamburg

On the occasion of the meeting on 20-21 June last, Jens-Ulrich Kiessling and the German association IVD invited the board members to visit the new urban developments known as “HafenCity”. They were accompanied by members of the board of the Confédération européene de l’immobilier (CEI). See the pictures of this visit.

One of the most important European economic centres blessed with a port known as “the Doorway to the World”, the largest in Germany and the second largest in Europe, the city of Hamburg is bubbling with excitement. It is a site specialising in logistics, technology and services. Globalization and productivity are much in evidence there.

In 2004, a construction project called “HafenCity” saw the light of day, to be completed in 2008. HafenCity Hamburg GmbH and the service of Urban Development and the Environment were responsible for the planning and development of the site. It is spread over 155 hectares. It is described as the “project of the century in Hamburg”. It is situated in the port, on the banks of the Elbe. After passing the old business complexes of the Speicherstadt, dating from the nineteenth century, and emblem of the hanseatic tradition, one can contemplate today jewels of modern architecture. This urbanisation project, emblem of the heritage of La Hanse, allows Hamburg to conserve its symbolic name of the free and hanseatic city of Hamburg (Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, HH), it is also one of the most important in the economic development of Europe. It is divided into twelve districts. Eighty thousand people work there. 5500 apartments capable of accommodating 12000 people, some of which already exist, will be completed.

The city has no fewer than 1.7 million inhabitants (the second most populated city after Berlin), therefore the location is a centre of economic activity, industrial, scientific, technological, but also cultural, bubbling with notably to come a new concert hall, the Elbphilarmonie, new local symbol of urban development.

However, HafenCity is not just a real estate project, innovation; sustainable development and high standing are the key words. A district such as Sandtorkal groups together 38000 square metres of offices and residential buildings, Dalmannkai has 115000 square metres under construction. Others, like Am Sandtorpark foresee the development of 16500 square metres. The work is the creation of architects coming from all over Europe but also America, Japan, Brazil and Australia.

(text taken from “Connexion française, the site for French speakers in Germany)