Kühne + Nagel
Head Office
Hamburg HafenCity

  • Client:
    Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG
  • Architect:
    Jan Störmer & Partner
  • Location:
    Hafencity, Quartier Grasbrook
  • Reinforced concrete framed structure
  • Pile foundation
  • GFA: c. 12,500 m²
  • Time: 2005 - 2006
  • Building costs: c. 25 mill. EUR
  • Our scope:
    structural engineering

Anchored in Hamburg harbour.

An outstanding site in Hamburg’s HafenCity, with a location directly overlooking the water and extensive views across Grasbrookhafen and the River Elbe, offers the global player Kühne + Nagel a very representative situation for its German head office.

The office building is formed as a horseshoe-shaped, six-storey block perimeter development with a twelve-floor tower dominating the cityscape at the head of Grasbrookhafen. It impresses with tiered building heights, graceful glass facades and a 10 metre high entrance hall, which opens out both the structure and its inner courtyard as a generously-dimensioned window looking towards Grasbrookhafen.

Securely founded on bore piles and based on two water-impermeable basement storeys for garages, the slender reinforced concrete skeleton rises up out of the site of the former port facility. The three-storey office wing over the foyer is retained by composite steel girders projecting out for 5.75 metres. The heat storage capacity of the concrete floors is activated and exploited for the economic control of the air conditioning system.

The logo of Kühne + Nagel, an over 100-year-old, global logistics company, is an anchor. What location could be more fitting for this than HafenCity?