Alex Brooke, Lee Newell, Liam Thomas
As Hamburg expands, its ability to cope with a rapidly increasing population is diminishing. Housing has therefore become a critical issue running through the city. Hamburg residents spend one third of their income on accommodation, and there is a deficit of 65,000 dwellings citywide. Whilst the city centre is rapidly gentrifying with large-scale investment such as Hafencity, the east of the city, and in particular Bille, has been left as a peripheral zone of under-utilised commercial and industrial lots.
The project proposes that Bille should become a site of new residential and cultural development, based around the Billhorner Deich road that connects the established community in Rothenburgsort, via Rothenburgsort S-Bahnhof, to the Bille basin. A new community will be built around this new hub, growing into a new ‘City District’, rejuvenating its culture and identity.