Carrie Cavanagh, Christopher Shaw, Michael Smith
Having studied Hamburg’s development strategy (HafenCity, Olympic village), the project is intensifying the city in accordance with these plans. Considering the need for more housing, the lack of amenities and the lack of variation in the public realm, it proposes to grow the existing community blending seamlessly into the city fabric. In order to create a gravitational point, the project contains a civic hub. This “knowledge quarter” provides new schools offering education from nursery level right through to pre-university stage. Transport links are improved by the introduction of water taxis to the city which would dock at Veddel on the edge of the park, as well as the new S-bahn stop proposed to serve the area. These two components along with the potential of a park and ride scheme would make Veddel a new transportation hub of comparable size to Landsbrucken on the other side of the river.
Based on Hamburg’s ambition to become “car-free”, the project emphasises the pedestrian experience. The example set by the Olympic scheme, a ribbon of green that clings to the water’s edge is continued through the site and provides a promenade around the periphery and views across the Elbe to central Hamburg. The existing body of water in the middle of Veddel is opened up to provide the opportunity for the community to engage with the water.