• Speicherstadt Hamburg Chimneys Boiler House
    © Klaus Frahm

Speicherstadt Hamburg Chimneys Boiler House

Hamburg, Germany, 2001

Today, the heritage-protected steam power station, dated back to 1888, serves as the Info Center for Hamburg’s HafenCity. Two filigree steel grid towers are reminiscent of the chimneys that were destroyed in WW II, and thus re-establish the historic silhouette of the boiler house.
The towers comprise flat steel rod nettings, which are, ever 2m, connected to horizontal rings. The resulting triangular mesh of the towers provides a stable steel grid shell, which has been positioned on the existing brickwork of the tower stumps, anchored in the reinforced chimney shaft. After passing under a skylight in the plinth of the western chimney, visitors get to the large exhibition hall. The dome allows for daylight to shine through, and opens up the view onto the steel structure. Bright spotlights in the foundations and the towers create indirect lighting to set the scene at nighttime.

  • Location

    Hamburg, Germany

  • Architect

    gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

  • Client

    HHLA, Hamburger Hafen- und Lagerhaus Aktiengesellschaft

  • Contractor

    Stahl- und Maschinenbau Lühmann, Buxtehude

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, technical spots check

  • Height of grid towers 20 m
  • Diameter of grid towers 2.5 m - 3.0 m
  • Steel 16 t
  • Total height 42.5 m
  • Dimensions of flat steel bars 35 x 70 mm
  • Speicherstadt Hamburg Chimneys Boiler House © Klaus Frahm
  • Speicherstadt Hamburg Chimneys Boiler House © Klaus Frahm

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