Fischbeker Reethen Hamburg [DE]

The site of Fischbeker Reethen in Hamburg's district Harburg is being developed 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 urban concept 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.



Client IBA Hamburg
Program 70 ha urban plan for 2.200 apartments, 100.000 m2 small production industries 200.000 m2 landscape spaces
Time 2016 – present
Role Urban planner in cooperation with Kunst+Herbert
Participating parties Büro Sieker, Berlin (rainwater management); ARGUS, Hamburg (traffic); Keoto, Zurich (energy and sustainability)