Elbtower by David Chipperfield Architects



Situated on an exposed riverside site near the well-known Elbbrücken, this new mixed-use building acts as an entrance marker on the eastern edge of the Hafencity quarter and forms a counterpoint to the Elbphilharmonie to the west. Occupying a triangular plot at the point where the River Elbe and Oberhafen canal converge, the site offers the opportunity to create a freestanding, sculpted building. The building complements and contrasts with the form of the Elbphilharmonie, rising as a tapered tower above a public atrium. Set to be the highest building in Hamburg, the Elbtower is a key part of the Hafencity masterplan. Presented by DCA’s Christoph Felger, the film is an episode in a series addressing the recent development of Hamburg which the Architecture Foundation has produced in partnership with Fritz-Schumacher-Gesellschaft e.V. and the City of Hamburg.

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