The site of the Hamburg Innovation Port project is on the waterways of old Harburger Schloss in the so-called Channel Hamburg development, the southern high-tech hub of Germany’s most northern metropolis, which is currently nearing its final stage of realisation. The masterplan foresees a total surface of 70,000 sq m of which 6,300 sq m hotels, 5,400 sq m conference halls, 26,000 sq m offices and start-ups, 9,600 sq m laboratories, 7,100 sq m research facilities and 7,800 sq m parking. The plan offers through its 1,35m grid enough flexibility to change the programme along its realisation and allows enterprises of all sizes to occupy the various buildings.
The basis of the urban plan are alleys between the street and harbour basin. The plinth in up to three storeys follows this harbour typology. The next layers are floors suitable for laboratories and larger office spaces. The higher points of the plan offer room for light and flexible offices, in the centre of the building’s volumes are spaces for special programmes including restaurants, canteens or libraries. The roofs are partly green and partly used for terraces and solar cells. In a later stage the roofs and some of the buildings will be connected via bridges. The bridges are flexible and can be adapted to the users, in this way horizontal, large surface offices can be created. Parking is solved underneath each building and accessible through one communal entrance.
An existing hall on site will be transformed and be used for temporary activities on site or to support the construction of the other phases. The fifth building is a hotel that is proposed to float in the port and is accessible via a jetty.
Part of the plan is the idea of a diverse public space in which each part has its own strong character. There is a park, a boulevard, a square, shared spaces and a water side promenade featuring wide stairs towards the water that invite the office workers to have outside meetings and al-fresco luncheons.
Commenting on the project MVRDV founding partner Jacob van Rijs said: “At Hamburg Innovation Port we envision a very high density to create a vibrant neighbourhood and to make the best use of this fantastic location at the waterside, a former cattle food factory site. The density is FAR3.3, comparable to a typical Berlin city block with its courtyards and outhouses, but designed in a way to offer daylight and vistas.”
MVRDV proposed a dense and programmatic mixed urban plan that would guarantee a lively new urban area. A special focus has been placed on the diversity of the project, both in an aesthetical and typological manner. The phasing strategy makes it possible to realise Hamburg Innovation Port in different portions, to commission different architects for the buildings and to change the project as in the coming years the program might change. This flexibility is an essential characteristic, each of the five buildings can be realised on its own.
MVRDV designed the Hamburg Innovation Port master plan together with co-architect morePlatz from Berlin for HC Hagemann, one of Germany’s oldest construction companies with a tradition and history dating back to 1869.