Hamburg – Architectural highlights

Hamburg, Germany´s second largest city, has a lot to offer. No matter what time of year you visit the harbour city, you won´t be bored. Whether you like culture, sightseeing, shopping or going out: everything is possible in Hamburg. Besides these activities, you can also enjoy nice and interesting architecture. Modern architecture is to be found everywhere. Below you will find just a few highlights.

Speicherstadt is a district south of the Hamburg city centre. It is famous for its typical brick stone warehouses built in the last quarter of the 19th century. In these warehouses were (and still are) stored all kind of goods, mainly Persian carpets. Nowadays, it is a combination of offices, warehouses, museums and bars. The warehouses are quite uniformly designed, but with an eye for details. Patterns are built into the brickwork, quite often with a large array of coloured and glazed bricks. Besides the varied brickwork, the walls are decorated with ornaments, small sculptures and elegant details. These details are hardly noticeable from a distance, but when you look closer, you discover enormous architectural variety in these buildings.

Hafencity is a new district, directly next to Speicherstadt. Hafencity is just a few years old and it is still under construction. The area is a combination of apartments, office buildings and shops. The water from the Elbe runs between the quays and people can walk along the waterside and enjoy the architecture. Every building is built in a different and modern style and the buildings show a great variety of 21th century urban architecture. Hafencity is also the district where the Elbphilharmonie, the new and very controversial philharmonic hall of Hamburg, is being built. The concert hall is built on the foundation of a former warehouse and the future roof will look like waves in the sea. The project is very controversial because the building costs have risen enormously and the delivery is postponed from 2010 to 2012.

The Chilehaus is an office building in the centre of Hamburg built in the 1920’s. The brick stone façades with strictly ordered white windows are characteristic of the Chilehaus. The shape of the building looks like the prow of a ship and ends on a very sharp angle on one side of the building. The building is quite massive, but at the same time it looks very light and elegant.

Dockland Office Building
The Dockland building is directly situated by the Elbe west from the Hamburg city centre and looks like the prow of a ship too. The glass façades give the building an open structure and provide the people who work inside a fantastic view over the Hamburg harbour.


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