Fern- und Regionalbahnhof Hamburg Altona

Hamburg/ Germany

Size/ 45,000 m²
Competition/ 2018, invited competition
Status/Design proposal
Client/ ProHa Altona GmbH & Co. KG/ DB Station & Service AG/ Stadt Hamburg/ Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
Lead Architect/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Local Architect/ Hoehler+Partner Hamburg

The design of the new Fern- und Regionalbahnhof Hamburg Altona will turn a busy railway station in northern Germany into a vibrant urban transport hub with an eclectic mix of functions for travellers and local residents alike. The project will play an important role in the development of the district of Hamburg Altona, and will face the challenge of embracing a variety of needs with a single, visionary concept. The full scope of the project includes the redevelopment of the old train station, and the addition of parking facilities, a fitness centre, shops, cafés, office space, and a 216-room hotel with a sky-bar, rooftop garden, and restaurant.

The cityscape around the new Fern- und Regionalbahnhof Hamburg Altona will become a dynamic mixed-use area in the coming years. As an icon for the area’s development, the new station will serve as an anchor point within the city centre that will demand a recognizable architectural statement with a strong identity.

Democracy reigns in the design of the new train station. The open composition engages with the city, inviting travellers, shoppers and passersby inside from all sides of the building. The distinctive appearance of the raised base and the dynamic pedestrian flow on the ground floor ensure the station will be equally visible and accessible from all streets.

A new semi-public garden on top of the raised base allows a green belt to "jump" the railway tracks and add valuable recreational space. The two simple, clear-cut towers add further green elements that include vertical green lungs and the lush sky bar. The two towers can be seen from afar, emphasizing the project's ambition to become a green landmark.

Architecturally, the building is an elegant composition with a unique expression and an iconic identity. The raised horizontal base meets the streetscape allowing the urban floor to flow beneath with covered areas for rainy day shelter and wind protection.

With its striking green facades, the towers emerge as a sustainable landmark on the Hamburg city skyline, and make a clear statement for future responsible construction. The green elements are used both inside and outside for air purification, shade, increased biodiversity, surface temperature reduction, and a better working environment.

The project concept, which aims to reach DGNB Gold certification, leads with sustainability; it is fully integrated into the design without compromising the functional qualities or the integration into the urban context.

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