A gleaming white, cubic apartment building now graces the waterfront of HafenCity, a redeveloped district in the port city of Hamburg. Just a stone's throw from Herzon & de Mueron's Elbphilharmonie, Baufeld 10, by Austrian firm LOVE architecture, makes an interesting addition to the district's waterfront with 28 individually designed apartments. Prefabricated elements, combined with a lightweight building mass and energy efficient design, makes this residence a unique addition to the waterfront district.
LOVE architecture won a competition to design the apartment complex, which was completed in 2008 as part of a massive redevelopment of the once derelict 157 hectare, waterfront district. The seven story building includes two commercial spaces and one restaurant on the ground floor fronting the waterfront and promenade. Residents of the building were directly involved in the planning and layout of their apartments, which include large spaces (up to approx. 300 sq m) to smaller units (approx. 50 sq m). All the apartments have views of the water, balconies and generously proportioned, slightly beveled window openings – perfect picture windows.
The beveled elements of the building were prefabricated, which were combined with a light construction mass and a tightly insulated building shell. The apartment building was planned and built according to the latest Energy Conservation Regulations (EnEV) and energy is provided via a district combined heat and power plant. Domestic hot water is created by system of evacuated solar thermal tube collectors on the roof, which also function as a community terrace.
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