ABG: foundation stone ceremony for the new DEUTSCHLANDHAUS in Hamburg
Today the foundation stone was laid for the DEUTSCHLANDHAUS in Hamburg. Participating in the ceremony, Dr Peter Tschentscher, the city’s First Mayor, and Ulrich Höller, Managing Partner of ABG Real Estate Group, launched the construction of what will be an iconic new building complex and one of Hamburg’s most prominent project developments in recent years: the resurrection of the historically important DEUTSCHLANDHAUS, located at Gänsemarkt, in the very heart of the city centre. Hadi Teherani Architects’ outstanding concept will set new standards: at the same time, it is inspired by the very successful original design of the predecessor building, which had been significantly altered by numerous interventions in the course of its history. The new complex, which will comprise about 40,000 sqm of office space, with supplementary uses such as restaurants, retail, and residential units, is set to be completed by the end of 2022. The total investment volume will amount to approximately €450 million. The ceremony was also attended by Hamburg’s Chief Planning Director Franz-Josef Höing and the architect himself, Hadi Teherani.
Prominently situated on the historic Gänsemarkt (at the corner of Dammtorstrasse and Valentinskamp), the new construction will replace the old DEUTSCHLANDHAUS built in the 1920s. It will mainly feature 33,250 sqm of office space, distributed over 10 floors and featuring a highly flexible design. This will allow for rental of units between 126 sqm and 30,000 sqm. These will be complemented by 30 residential units with a total of 2,800 sqm, facing Valentinskamp. Furthermore, 4,200 sqm of retail units and restaurants are planned. The two basement floors, with a total size of 9,450 sqm, will accommodate technical installations together with parking spaces for 321 bicycles and 164 cars. Users will benefit from a comprehensive concierge service, sparing them many time-consuming activities of daily life (post office, cleaning, ticket reservations, etc.). The high-quality digital infrastructure will be provided by two fibre optic cables pre-certified with WireScored Gold. A special interior highlight of the DEUTSCHLANDHAUS is the 1,200 sqm Palm Court, which will rise to a height of nearly 40 metres under a light-flooded roof dome. Time spent in this impressive open space will offer unique quality and a high feel-good factor; the area will also provide future occupants of DEUTSCHLANDHAUS with temporary workplaces. The entire complex will be built in accordance with the quality requirements set forth by the USGBC, and has already been pre-certified with the LEED Gold award.
Dr Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the City of Hamburg, said: “With the new DEUTSCHLANDHAUS, an architecturally modern and high-quality building is being created at a central location in the city. It combines working, gastronomy, shopping and living under one roof and can thus enhance and enliven the Gänsemarkt area.”
Ulrich Höller, Managing Partner at ABG Real Estate Group, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to shape a milestone for the development of Hamburg’s inner city with this new complex embodying the resurrection of a historical landmark such as the DEUTSCHLANDHAUS. Hadi Teherani’s exceptional architectural design, with the Palm Court as its highlight, will provide a diversified quarter with different areas of use, including offices, retail, restaurants, and residential units.”