Am Kaiserkai 23-33
Residential Building at Dalmannkai
Hamburg HafenCity

  • Client:
    GBS / Viterra Development
  • Architects: Prof. Carsten Lorenzen / Kähne Birwe Nähring Krause / Loosen Rüschoff Winkler
  • Harbour construction, reinforced concrete structures, flat ceiling slabs, masonry
  • GFA: c. 15,000 m²
    Time: 2005 - 2006
    Building costs: c. 15 mill. EUR
  • Our scope:
    structural engineering, planning of building pit

Times have changed.

Ocean-going ships and barges, wheelbarrows and fork-lift trucks, warehouses and cranes, sacks and cargo, seamen and dockworkers, “Halber und Fofftein” (that’s local dialect for lunch and snack breaks). This was the scene at Dalmannkai for over 100 years.

Here, where the ships used to tie up, houses now stand. An entire new city district has come into being. In an area of c. 50 x 60 m on the former Construction Site 4, apartments have been created. These were planned and designed, area by area, by three independent architects.

Above ground the construction consists of two structures with up to eight storeys standing on a shared plinth on a pile foundation and leaving space for an inner courtyard. The plinth is built as a flood-proof mound, secured against upward forces and impacts from floating debris. As well as garages and basement rooms, the plinth also houses a restaurant.

Apartments and boulevards, sailing boats and bicycles, meetings and night-life, sunglasses and umbrellas, restaurants and cafés, briefcases and perambulators: This is the scene at Dalmannkai today.