Sergison Bates: a new city block on Mönckebergstrasse

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.

For over 30 years, the Architecture Foundation has brought together professionals from across the built environment to discuss and act on issues related to design and the built environment. With a renewed focus on the city and the critical intersection of architecture and politics, the Architecture Foundation works to effect meaningful change on policy and practice.

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