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Elegant Curves – Residential Highrise Marco Polo Tower in Hamburg


At the Hamburg HafenCity beach pier the 56 meter high Marco Polo Tower as a new landmark was completed in summer 2010. The shining white residential tower was, like the adjacent Unilever building, designed by the Stuttgart-based bureau Behnisch Architects. It provides 58 generous and brightly lit luxury apartments distributed across 18 floors with flexibly usable areas of between 60 and 340 square meters. In order to make use of the location in the best possible way and to enable a wide view across the river Elbe and the slowly evolving Elbphilharmonie just a few meters down the river, all floors are equipped with end-to-end glazed outside areas as well as with large terraces and balconies. Shops and food service providers were integrated on base level.


Marco Polo did not start his sales trips to China in the 13th century from Hamburg, but from Venice – in terms of boldness and daredevilry, however, this new building is absolutely able to compete with its famous eponym. The first look already realizes the dynamically playful, but also organically twisted basic structure that allows every single apartment to have an individual ground plan and view. Additional appeal the asymmetric residential sculpture gets through its elegantly curved yet still projecting terraces with their all-round banisters made of glass and concrete. The interplay of various materials and shapes turned out to be a perfectly balanced whole which stands out from the rather orthogonal architecture of the HafenCity in a refreshing manner.

A similar variety like the façade image is presented by the building’s ground plan structure. In order to meet the residents’ individual requirements, a variety of apartment types are available. The range covers just about anything from a one-floor apartment down to a two-storey maisonette-like penthouse. The interior design was carried out on request by well-known interior architects such as Ulrike Krages, Frank Stüve or Georg Bechter. No wonder buyers had to spend quite a bit for their new residence: The 340 square meter penthouse could be purchased for nearly eight million Euros. Possibly record-breaking!

Via http://architecture.mapolismagazin.com

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