Architectural Walk

From the Speicherstadt to St. Pauli – An Architectural Walk in Hamburg

A popular tourist attraction in Hamburg are the landing bridges in the harbour. Photo: © Stefanie Maeck

Hamburg is elegant and reserved. But in recent years this interface between land and water has become the site of ambitious and modern architectural projects.

Hamburg: white Alster villas, warehouses from the nineteenth century and, of course, red brick façades, the legacy of Chief Planning Director Fritz Schumacher (1869–1947). Hamburg stands for elegance, reserve and the contrast of individual districts. But in recent years, with the HafenCity plan and the so-called Hafenkrone development, lighthouse projects have been erected. Hamburg’s major construction site, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, is now unhappily world-famous. The architect Teherani has even disparagingly called HafenCity a “coughed up cube”. So how well will it succeed in future in setting old and new in dialogue, in building a living ensemble? This architectural walk leads along the Elbe, through the historic warehouse district (Speicherstadt) and HafenCity, into the centre of the red light district of St. Pauli.

The ten stops

DER SPIEGEL Elbe Philharmonic Hall
Dancing Towers Astra Tower
Empire Riverside Park Fiction
Dockland Cruise Center Altona
Elbberg Campus IBA
Stefanie Maeck
was born in Hamburg and lives and works there. She especially likes writing about the Elbe, the city’s harbour and Michel. She learned her craft at the Zeitenspiegel School of Journalism in Reutlingen after she had taken a PhD in literature and philosophy at the University of Hamburg. Maeck publishes the online magazine “Wilhelmine”, dedicated to Hamburg’s exciting district of Wilhelmsburg.

Translation: Jonathan Uhlaner
Copyright: Goethe-Institut e. V., Internet-Redaktion
August 2013

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