Theme Week Hamburg – HafenCity and Speicherstadt

Thursday, 27 January 2011 - 01:47 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: Architecture, General, Hamburg

Speicherstadt © Heidas

Speicherstadt © Heidas

Speicherstadt
The Speicherstadt is the world-largest timber-pile founded warehouse district of the world. It is located in the port of Hamburg—within the HafenCity quarter—and was built from 1883 to 1927. The district was built as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs. As of 2009 the district and the surrounding area is under redevelopment. The warehouses were built with different support structures, but Andreas Meyer created a Neo-Gothic red-brick outer layer with little towers, alcoves, and glazed terra cotta ornaments.

Timber-pile foundation © GeorgHH

Timber-pile foundation © GeorgHH

The warehouses are multi-storey buildings with entrances form water and land. One of the oldest warehouses is the Kaispeicher B of the International Maritime Museum. The Speicherstadt is a tourist attraction in Hamburg. There are several museums like the Deutsches Zollmuseum (German Customs Museum), Miniatur Wunderland, a model railway, and the Afghan Museum. The buildings are also used as warehouses. As of 2005, the companies in the Speicherstadt handled one-third of the world’s carpet production, and other goods as cocoa, coffee, tea, spices, maritime equipment, and electronic goods. Read more on Speicherstadtmuseum.de, Wikipedia Speicherstadt, Hamburg-Tourism.de and Miniatur-Wunderland.de.





Michaeliskirche © Heidas Verlag Gruner & Jahr © Wo st 01 Hamburger Hafen Luftbild © Merlin Senger Hafen © Gunnar Ries Containerschiff im Hamburger Hafen © Alexander Sölch Blohm & Voss Dock 10 © G H Blohm & Voss Dock 10 © Mbdortmund Speicherstadt Panorama © Wmeinhart Speicherstadt 1888 Querschnitt Vorsetzen © Gulp Speicherstadt and HafenCity © Hansueli Krapf Elbphilharmonie (right) and HafenCity © mr_%u039E Timber-pile foundation © GeorgHH Speicherstadt © Heidas
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Containerschiff im Hamburger Hafen © Alexander Sölch
Elbphilharmonie (right) and HafenCity © mr_%u039E

Elbphilharmonie (right) and HafenCity © mr_%u039E

The HafenCity project
A new part of town is growing: HafenCity – currently Europe’s largest inner-city development project – is a blueprint for European city-center development at the water’s edge. Hamburg is setting new standards in developing a whole new city – at least in Europe. On an area of 157 hectares, a lively new urban space is taking shape to accommodate a mix of office and residential uses, retail, restaurants and bars, as well as cultural and leisure facilities. What sets it apart from similar urban development projects is the area’s central urban location and the expectations of quality reflected, for instance, in its fine-grained mix of uses, its lively atmosphere and innovative development process. Also outstanding are the high quality of its architecture and open space design.

Speicherstadt and HafenCity © Hansueli Krapf

Speicherstadt and HafenCity © Hansueli Krapf

The intensive reciprocal interaction between land and water can be regarded as unique, for HafenCity will not be surrounded by dikes, nor cut off from the water. With the exception of the quays and promenades, the area will be raised to 7.5 to 8 meters above sea level. This creates a new, characteristic topography for an area once dominated by port and industrial uses, retaining access to the water and its typical port atmosphere.

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Read more on HafenCity.com and Wikipedia HafenCity. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.



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