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Kaufhaus Canal Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Tuesday 14 Jul 2009

TOPOTEK 1 and BIG win 1st prize

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IBA Hamburg Competition "Metrozonen" 

The combined efforts of German architects TOPOTEK 1 and Danish architects BIG have won the practises 1st prize in the IBA Hamburg building exhibition competition to design a metropolis of the future.

Their winning Kaufhauskanal housing scheme provides 80 residential units, which introduce living into a former industrial area of Hamburg. The typology for the overall plan for the Kaufhauskanal Metrozone is designed as a series of new 'Kaufhaus Hybrids'. The scheme accommodates the existing quarter in that all the new buildings slope downwards and outwards to meet the heights of the existing buildings. The roofs are angled and inclined to maximize views to the sky and at the same time minimize the noise from the surrounding streets, roads and railway.

Bjarke Ingels, BIG Partner-in-Charge “Our Kaufhauskanal vision proposes a neighbourhood where you can have both – both city and nature, both open and urban, both history and future, both identity and diversity, both work and play.”

The warped framework creates a layout that is varied and unique without impacting movement through its open space. The resulting urban experience fluctuates between variation and continuity.

Jörg-Heinrich Penner, Harburg’s Department Head for Economy, Building and Environment "Harburg’s docklands and its eclectic mix of buildings and their uses are entirely unique. That is why BIG + Topotek 1’s scheme, whose form is quite untraditional, can actually fit in here and succeed here. I am quite sure that their strong yet thought through forms and open spaces will quickly locate both investors and soon to be residents."

Access BIG's website HERE

Key Facts

Status 1st prize competition
Value 0(m€)
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