Sergison Bates | Hamburg


Competition win for Sergison Bates in collaboration with Rethmeierschlaich Architekten for a new city block in the historic centre of Hamburg, within Fritz Schumacher’s urban plan.

The new 20,000m2 building is robust, energy-efficient, with adaptable floor plans and will initially accommodate a flagship department store on the lower floors and a short- and long-stay hotel on the upper floors with a communal top floor overlooking the city.

Large gables with a strong volumetric presence give the building an appropriate ‘face to the city’ firmly rooted in the Hanseatic tradition. Clad in red brick, with a textile-like character the facades are detailed with fluted and bull-nose bricks to create a sculptural effect that suggests both solidity and refinement.

Images by Secchi Smith