Stephen Bates of Sergison Bates architects presents a project for a new building in the historic centre of Hamburg, within Fritz Schumacher’s urban plan.
The new 20,000m2 building is robust, energy-efficient, with adaptable floor plans and will initially accommodate a flagship department store on the lower floors and a short- and long-stay hotel on the upper floors with a communal top floor overlooking the city.
Large gables with a strong volumetric presence give the building an appropriate ‘face to the city’ firmly rooted in the Hanseatic tradition. Clad in red brick, with a textile-like character the facades are detailed with fluted and bull-nose bricks to create a sculptural effect that suggests both solidity and refinement. The project has been designed by Sergison Bates in collaboration with Rethmeierschlaich architekten.
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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