“Tanzende Türme” – Hamburg
The “Tanzende Türme”, or ‘dancing towers’, rise on the interface that joins Hamburg’s inner city with Sankt Pauli, a borough formerly outside the city that historically evolved to become a part of town. As the portal to the present districts of St. Pauli, Altona and parts of the port, the towers mark the gateway to Hamburg’s world-famous Reeperbahn, a boulevard for amusements of all kinds. The guiding idea for the design is the formation of an expressive building structure that does justice to the site’s heterogeneous context and its transregional significance. It sets the concluding accent on the extensive changes in building structures occurring in recent years within this quarter. In terms of shape, the configuration of this pair of high-rises takes its ‘posture’ from the vitality associated with their location. Appearing to dance, they are the physical expression of the joy associated with movement and unfold their power as an identity-endowing ‘diamond solitaire’ in urban planning and development.
Fotograf: Jörg Hempfel, Aachen
“crane houses” – Cologne
With the line of three “crane houses” in Cologne’s Rheinauhafen, loosely based on El Lissitzky’s utopian “Cloud-irons” dating from 1924, a new typology of skyscraper has been created. The already completed Crane House 1 provides the public on the Rhine bank promenade not only with the classical plaza in from of a cubic tower. The pure cube is rather interrupted sculpturally and does not realise its much greater volume until far above the ninth floor: as a slender 70-metre-long horizontal boom, not as a tower. The promenade does not lead past the building but right through it. With its dynamic form and in its association with the original historic loading cranes, the building sets a prominent sign of the onset of an architectural commitment of the city by the river.
* based on drafts of the 1st prize winners workshop "Rheinauhafen" 1992: Bothe Richter Teherani / Busmann und Haberer / Linster / Schneider-Wessling / Abing
Fotograf: Tom Phillippi, Stuttgart
Dockland office building – Hamburg
Like a gateway to the city of Hamburg, the Dockland office building stands at one end of Edgar-Engelhard-Kai, a street quay between the Norderelbe, the northern arm of the Elbe River, and the Fischereihafen, the harbour for the fishing trade. The ‘bow’ of this ship-like structure juts out freely over 40 metres to form a dynamic supplement to the ‘stern’ constituted by the neighbouring ferry terminal. The building offers roughly 9000 square metres of office space borne by a steel-frame superstructure. The width of the complex makes it possible to position communication zones such as kitchenettes or conference rooms ‘midships’, though the same applies for archives or spaces for printers. The large open areas containing freely appointed furnishings create a spacious work atmosphere. The glassed-in façade enables employees to enjoy the wonderful view of the port panorama from their offices. Those whose work leaves them no time for pleasurable gazing during the day can make up for it in the evening on the rooftop terrace. Even visitors who aren’t part of the office ‘crew’ can get to the terrace via a public outdoor staircase located at the ‘stern’ of the building.
Fotograf: Jörg Hempel, Aachen
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