Where creativity cannot be bounded within parameters, architecture is also an innovative aspect that cannot be restricted to just villas and mansions. If you have always wanted to invest your hard earned money into a well designed apartment, surrounded by splendid views, then just have a look at this mixed use building in Hamburg, Germany. This HafenCity project has turned 157 hectares of land piece into a mixed use building that comprises 24 apartments, 1 restaurant and 2 commercial spaces. This wonderfully planned structural design by Love Architecture & Urbanism won 1st prize in International Competition and was completed in 2008.
The building constructed at the port exhibits a high quality architectural planning for the development of an urbanized area along with some commercial spaces. With separate tendering processes going on for every building site, designing Baufeld 10 was a big challenge for the designer. The building is located in close proximity to a concert hall, ‘Elbphiharmonie’ that was developed by Swiss office of Herzog and de Meuron. The best part in this architectural design is the view and the backdrop that make it just an ideal place to dwell in.
Baufeld 10 is a joint building venture that has been worked together by the residents to create a real community for the building. This is one reason that apartments within the building are of different topologies and furnishing standards. Where some apartments are spacious enough, measuring 225 square meters, some of them are approximately 50 square meters. But the best part is that, every residential space has been designed beautifully ranging from one storey to four storey apartments, keeping in mind the individual requirements of the future residents. Individuality being the top priority for the designer allows the inhabitants to enjoy their unique lifestyle.
A Closer View on Construction Part
The best part about the designer is that he has blended all the apartments so beautifully that a viewer can enjoy a gleaming white structure that encloses 24 different homes. The large voids covered with glass and beveled cubes on the white structure catch the attention of the viewers in the first glance. The balconies in all the apartments marvelously protrude from the building and match the layout of their apartments.
The large widow openings were made possible with a supporting building envelope, which also helped the designer to minimize the use of steel and concrete, thus reducing the overall costs. The use of natural stone plaster on the outer surface serves as a composite thermal insulation system and causes the façade to sparkle in the sun, thus creating a rich visual effect. Moreover the entire design is based on energy saving and climate protection concept as emphasized by the Municipal Development Company. Another efficiency measure taken by the designer was to out-lift the building for central domestic water supply with a solar thermal system of ten vacuum tube collector.
Architect: LOVE architecture
Project: Baufeld 10 Harbourcity Hamburg
Location: Harbour City Hamburg – Kaiser Kai, Germany
Program: 24 apartments, 2 commercial spaces, 1 restaurant
Photographer: Anke Mulerklein
Competition: November 2005 | 1st prize
Planning Period: January to July 2006
Start of construction: January 2007
Completion: May 2008
Area: approx. 810 m2
Gross floor area: approx. 3150 m2
Residential floor area: 2688 m2
Commercial floor area: 272 m2