Waterfront Ensemble Transformation

Office building as part of an ensemble of 3 buildings for living and working

The so-called 'Perlenkette' (pearl necklace) is a series of massive buildings with open intermediate areas along the Elbe. They have been part of the development of Hamburg's waterfront since the 1980s. In this series, an ensemble of three buildings with a similar main design is created at the 'Holzhafen' (timber harbor). The East and West office buildings are monumental, deep buildings with courtyards and openings that guarantee contact between the Elbe and the hinterland. Between the two buildings, the 'Kristall' residential tower will rise above its surroundings like a cut piece of crystal.

Hamburg has been working on the development of its waterfront since the 1980s. Port activities have shifted to the south bank of the River Elbe and the north bank is being developed into an urba...

  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Albert Büll & Dr. Cornelius Liedtke GbR, represented by DGAG Shopping Immobilien GmbH
  • 1999 - 2011
  • Completed
  • Urban plan for 3 buildings Design of 16,000 m2 office building East 16,000 m2 office building West 9,000 m2 residential tower
  • Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Photographer: H.G.Esch
  • Photographer: Andre Poitiers
  • Urban planner and architect: ASTOC
  • BDA Hamburg Architektur Preis 2012 (mention) (2012)
  • Architektur in Hamburg 1989-2008 (2008)
  • BDA/Die Welt Publikums Architektur Preis 2005 (3rd prize) (2005)
  • BDA Hamburg Architektur Preis 2005 (2nd prize) (2005)
  • Hypo Real Estate Architekturpreis für vorbildliche Gewerbebauten 2004 (2004)
  • Brick Award 2004 (mention) (2004)
  • ‘Bauwerk des Jahres 2002’ Architekten (honorable mention) (2002)