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HafenCity, Europe’s largest inner city development site, is taking big steps ahead: 1.800 residents and around 8,500 local employees in a good 300 businesses, as well as tens of thousands visitors every year are making it an urban place already. By 2025, the amount will have multiplied to 12.000 inhabitants and 45.000 employees. Both 2010 and 2011 were years in which the conditions essential to such a long-term, successful development were put in place: HafenCity, the Speicherstadt and the existing city center are finally spatially linked together after construction of the three northern neighborhoods was completed.

At the northeastern entrance to HafenCity, the publisher Spiegel group amalgamated its business activities at the northeastern entrance to HafenCity in about 30,000 sqm GFA) in September 2011. The Spiegel group’s new building has a preliminary gold HafenCity Ecolabel. Henning Larsen architects (Copenhagen) designed both the publishing house and Ericus Contor (20,000 sqm GFA) with their light-colored façades and vast shared plinth. 

While buildings and infrastructure in western and central HafenCity are mostly finished or under construction, development in the eastern part of the project is under way: Baakenhafen neighborhood will be characterized by intensive use for housing and recreation. Its 1,800 homes will enjoy two waterfronts on HafenCity’s largest harbor basin. Within a few years, one of the most urbane and high-quality neighborhoods of HafenCity will be sited here. The attractive residential area will also be an ideal center for leisure and sport.

HafenCity will again present itself at this year’s MIPIM. You are most welcome to find out more about the project and the current state of development at the Hamburg stand, RSV.06 (Riviera Sea View).

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