Cities: Hamburg

The Architecture Foundation in partnership with Fritz-Schumacher-Gesellschaft e.V. and the City of Hamburg launches a new online series focussing on the city of Hamburg.

Addressing the development of particular cities, the Architecture Foundation presents a series of films focussed on the German city of Hamburg. The season, which has been developed with support from the Fritz-Schumacher-Gesellschaft e.V. and the City of Hamburg, will comprise films about recent buildings in Hamburg as well as issues of city-wide concern.

Muslim Washing and Prayer House in the Finkeriek Cemetery - Medine Altiok

The first film features the Muslim Washing and Prayer House project by Medine Altiok. The Finkenriek cemetery in Hamburg was expanded to include a Muslim burial ground and a washing and prayer house so that burials can be carried out according to Muslim rites. The Zurich-based architect Medine Altiok describes her design for the building, which was planned in close cooperation with the imams as representatives of local Muslim communities.

Elbtower - David Chipperfield Architects

The second film features David Chipperfield Architects Elbtower project in Hamburg. Situated on an exposed riverside site near the well-known Elbbrücken, this new mixed-use building acts as an entrance marker on the eastern edge of the Hafencity quarter and forms a counterpoint to the Elbphilharmonie to the west. Occupying a triangular plot at the point where the River Elbe and Oberhafen canal converge, the site offers the opportunity to create a freestanding, sculpted building. The building complements and contrasts with the form of the Elbphilharmonie, rising as a tapered tower above a public atrium. Set to be the highest building in Hamburg, the Elbtower is a key part of the Hafencity masterplan.

Christ & Gantenbein - Willy Brandt StrasseWilly Brandt Strasse - Christ & Gantenbein

The third film features Emanuel Christ who presents Christ & Gantenbein's project for a mixed-use development, incorporating offices, shops and apartments on Willy Brandt Strasse in the heart of Hamburg. 


City Map

Each of the featured buildings will be added to an interactive map of the city, with each tag linked to the architect's presentation. The films will be released over the course of the next three months, and all will remain freely available on the Architecture Foundation's YouTube channel