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Europe’s biggest inner-city development project.
With the development of HafenCity on the Elbe waterfront, Hamburg is setting new standards. By 2025 a city brimming with life will have taken shape on a site covering 157 hectares. In contrast to other city areas dominated purely by offices and retail, it will blend maritime atmosphere with work, living, the arts, leisure, tourism and shopping.
In its very central location and its high expectations of quality, reflected for example in the fine-grained mix of uses, aspirations regarding urbanity and ecological sustainability, and the innovative nature of its development, HafenCity is very different from other major urban development waterfront projects.
Sustainable city for the future
Throughout its entire development, HafenCity has been setting leading-edge standards, not only through its dense mix of urban uses, but also through targeted sustainable urban development activities, both in areas already completed and in those taking shape. In addition to the green buildings, an efficient and climate-friendly urban structure, a forward-looking mobility concept and high efficiency energy for heating provision are being put into place.
This also takes into consideration a multitude of individual aspects and encourages and initiates sustainability at different levels. One important element is the Ecolabel in gold, awarded by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH: “Despite the tough requirements, compliance with the strict criteria of the HafenCity Ecolabel is increasingly a condition for an exclusive option,” noted Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg.
“Already more than 70 per cent of the buildings in Elbtorquartier are being built in line with the gold standard. And since realisation of residential buildings in future will only be possible to gold standard requirements, all of the new residential buildings in Baakenhafen neighbourhood will be built to the highest sustainability standards, which will enhance the quality of living in the centre of Hamburg still further.”