PianoBau HafenCity Hamburg Residential Development, German Building, Architecture

PianoBau HafenCity Building Hamburg

Mixed-use Residential Architecture in Germany design by Fletcher Priest Architects

15 Nov 2019

Architects: Fletcher Priest Architects

Location: former Baakenhafen dockyard site, Hamburg, Germany

PianoBau HafenCity residential building Hamburg

PianoBau HafenCity Building

Fletcher Priest wins residential design competition in HafenCity

Fletcher Priest has won an invited competition of seven international architects to design a mixed-use residential development as part of HafenCity, Hamburg – considered the most ambitious inner-city development project in Europe.

PianoBau HafenCity residential building Hamburg

Part of the wider redevelopment of the former Baakenhafen dockyard site, the ‘PianoBau’ building celebrates the history of piano manufacturing in the area, including the legendary Steinway and Sons.

PianoBau HafenCity residential building Hamburg

The project comprises 140 mixed tenure residential apartments in a variety of sizes including 45 ‘co-living’ studios, piano workshops and rehearsal spaces, a restaurant and a piano bar. Co-living, co-working and the provision of shared amenity, including terraces and a large courtyard for all residents, promote a strong residential community.

PianoBau HafenCity residential building Hamburg

The PianoBau is located on the bank of the Baakenhafen, between Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie and David Chipperfield’s upcoming Elbtower. The project will open onto a new public square and face the award-winning “Baakenpark” across the harbour basin.

The articulation of the urban block as separate buildings creates a more human scale and is further emphasised by the black and white colour scheme. The architectural form that references the UNESCO heritage listed warehouses of Hamburg’s Speicherstadt district.

PianoBau HafenCity residential building Hamburg

Vertically arranged balconies and winter gardens punctuate the alternate black or white brick façades with playfully arranged windows. A half-basement, known locally as the ‘Warftgeschoss’, houses a piano bar opening onto the waterside promenade, which connects the development directly to the newly opened U-Bahn station nearby.

Warm timber interiors are designed to echo the inside of a grand piano by using cross-laminated timber from sustainable sources. This improves the environmental performance of the building and enables generous floor-to-ceiling heights.

PianoBau HafenCity residential building Hamburg

Judges included representatives of the City of Hamburg and HafenCity, the client Patrizia, local politicians and both local and international architects.

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