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New Port Promenade
Hamburg, Germany

  • project New Port Promenade Hamburg
  • client LSBG, Hamburg
  • architect Zaha Hadid Architects, London; Jan Hübener, Studio H2K, Hamburg
  • lighting designer Schlotfeldt Licht, Hamburg
  • photographer Martin Zitzlaff

The Port of Ham­burg has a new prom­e­nade in a promi­nent loca­tion – the Inland Port/​Lower Port flood pro­tec­tion facil­ity between the land­ing bridges in St. Pauli and the Old Ware­house Dis­trict. The promenade’s dis­tinc­tive archi­tec­ture stems from the London office of Zaha Hadid and is brought to life at night by light from a tech­ni­cal solu­tion designed by Schlot­feldt Licht using LED tech­nol­ogy by Selux.

The flood­wa­ter pro­tec­tion facil­i­ties in the Port of Ham­burg are grad­u­ally being renewed, cre­at­ing urban plan­ning oppor­tu­ni­ties in defin­ing loca­tions for the urban land­scape – like at the flood­wa­ter pro­tec­tion facil­ity for Hamburg’s Inland Port /​Lower Port. Here one of the Port of Hamburg‘s most impor­tant prom­e­nades forms a con­nec­tion between the land­ing bridges in St. Pauli and the his­tor­i­cal port build­ings of the Old Ware­house Dis­trict, which were recently included on UNESCO‘s list of world her­itage sites. The build­ing sec­tion starts at Baumwall” in the direct vicin­ity of the Elbe Phil­har­monic Hall.

Design­ers were invited to submit their pro­pos­als to meet spe­cial urban plan­ning require­ments and the award-win­ning design was sub­mit­ted by the London office of the renowned Zaha Hadid Archi­tects. The extra­or­di­nary archi­tec­ture of the stair­cases shown in the design, each con­nected to the prom­e­nade in vary­ing dimen­sions, ensures a high-qual­ity vis­i­tor expe­ri­ence and aes­thetic appeal. To enable the light­ing effect and light mood to effec­tively com­pli­ment such archi­tec­tural sophis­ti­ca­tion, Schlot­feldt Licht pro­posed a light­ing solu­tion that was not based on stan­dard lumi­naires.

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