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Hamburg’s new “Hafen-Krone“? – Astraturm Hamburg

10/04/2011 Comments off

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.

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Elegant Curves – Residential Highrise Marco Polo Tower in Hamburg

09/04/2011 Comments off

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.

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