SGA Wins Prize in HafenCity International Competition

"HafenGarten" Concept One of Three Winning Proposals


December 12, 2012

As announced this morning, Studio Gang’s “HafenGarten” entry has been chosen second of three prize winning designs in the international HafenCity WaterTowers competition. The competition invited six architects from around the world to submit design concepts for six new residential towers (arranged in pairs) that will become the center of the Baakenhafen neighborhood in the eastern part of Hamburg’s growing HafenCity urban development. These “water towers” will be aesthetically striking buildings that meet the stringent Passive House sustainability criteria. They will rise directly out of the Elbe River, allowing HafenCity residents to live above the water as well as along it. HafenCity Hamburg GmbH in conjunction with private developers will now evaluate the three winning schemes to determine which designs (or a combination of all three) will be realized.

Studio Gang’s “HafenGarten” (Harbor Garden) concept is conceived as a garden of towers that signifies post-industrial regeneration and environmental renewal. Its three proposed tower types—Blüte (Blossom), Knospe (Bud), and Sprosse (Sprout)—are unique but related, with highly flexible radial plans that take advantage of surrounding views and provide exterior spaces that accommodate varying degrees of privacy and shelter to fit different lifestyles. The buildings’ structures are composed of an innovative combination of wood and concrete that minimizes their carbon footprint and streamlines their construction. Outdoor gardens at ground and roof levels provide relaxation space for residents, while below the water, the towers’ concrete bases are designed to withstand passing boat traffic and encourage the growth of habitat for aquatic species.

The competition’s first prize was awarded to the Paris Office of Shigeru Ban Architects and third prize was given to the Austrian firm of Szyszkowitz-Kowalski + Partner ZT GmbH.

All six of the competition entries will be exhibited at the HafenCity Kesselhaus InfoCenter from December 11, 2012 until January 8, 2013.

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