KCAP with Kunst + Herbert win competition Fischbeker Reethen Hamburg

KCAP Architects&Planners in cooperation with Kunst + Herbert win the competition Fischbeker Reethen in Hamburg's district Harburg. The team was awarded first place in a two stage competition process with six international participants. The site is being developed by the IBA Hamburg (International Building Exhibition) into a residential and business location with the aim of transforming it into a ‘Garden City of the 21st Century’. Within this reinterpretation of the Garden City, the 70 hectare area at the edge of the metropolitan city of Hamburg will accommodate a total of 2.200 apartments, 100.000 m2 for small production industries and almost 200.000 m2 highly diverse landscape spaces.

The concept of the team KCAP / Kunst + Herbert reveals a new way of mixing functions for living and working in the Garden City 2.0. It is based on a robust spatial structure that responds to the existing landscape qualities and guarantees spatial quality in unforeseen circumstance. Programmatically, the combination of small production industry with housing is conceived as an opportunity to realise this city extension in a new and sustainable way. The choice for compact building structures with innovative typologies for open spaces and community building enables the creation of high quality architecture and landscape spaces.

Housing is located in the centre of the area. The existing landscape structure will be drawn towards the middle of the site in the form of fingers. In this way, the connection with the landscape is also present in the heart of the Fischbeker Reethen. The landscaped lines create different types of green spaces and allow for a variety of housing typologies. A small centre with a school and a new artificial lake are linked with the surroundings through a boulevard, which acts as the main access route. The lake is part of the ‘green-blue’ connection, a network of natural greenery and waterways which connect the landscape with the housing. Between housing and the commercial functions, new mixtures of uses will be introduced. This transition protects the housing from traditional businesses along the rail zone and provides them with an attractive outlook on to the city .

The lake is not only the place maker of the area, it also contributes essentially to the sustainability concept. Rainwater and energy management on district levels are key elements of the concept, next to social and urban sustainability.

Kees Christiaanse, partner of KCAP: "The connection with the landscape is the starting point for our design. We consider this functional mixture as an opportunity for the Fischbeker Reethen area and as a paradigm for the peripheral development of cities.”

Karen Pein, director IBA Hamburg GmbH: “At Fischbeker Reethen, we realise new environments for living and working. KCAP and Kunst + Herbert’s design sets new standards for the Garden City of the Future.“

Team KCAP and Kunst + Herbert is suported by advisors Büro Sieker, Berlin (rainwater management), ARGUS, Hamburg (traffic) and Keoto, Zurich (energy and sustainability).