Champagne reception instead of beer smell: On the premises of the former Bavaria brewery in St. Pauli the 19-storey Astraturm with about 13,000 sqm office area was completed at the beginning of 2008. The new building designed by KSP Jürgen Engel Architects is, along with the Atlantic house by architect Thomas Herzog and the Empire Riverside luxury hotel by David Chipperfield, the new „Hafen-Krone“ skyline, now towering above the gangway and the fish market.
A characteristic feature of the new building is the elegantly structured glass façade with its round edges and the ribbon façade made of bronze-shimmering ceramic elements running all round the building. Along with the centrally located opening core the French windows guarantee for bright and light-flooded office areas with a wide panoramic view across the city.
The atelier is situated on a beautiful shoreline plot in a densely built area dominated by low-rise housing. Already existing on the plot were a single-family house from the 1990s and an older shoreline sauna. The task of Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects was to design an artist`s workspace, which could later be transformed into a common residence.