2017 is a year of superlatives for Hamburg. With the Elbphilharmonie, one of the most world’s most spectacular concert halls was inaugurated in the Elbe city atop a former port warehouse in January. For more than 100 year, the so-called Kaispeicher A was a symbol of the Hamburg’s merchants and their trade. Transformed into a temple of culture, it has been reborn as a new icon. Fusing the old brick brick walls of the port warehouse and the modern glass construction of the concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie is the architectural symbol of Hamburg’s future viability and new landmark of the city.
And as if the Elbphilharmonie were not superlative enough, the European XFEL is now launching a science project that
is unrivaled in the world. With investment volumes twice as high as the Elbphilharmonie’s ones, the project of eleven state will create the basis for new discoveries, including, inter alia, revelations on disease processes and on energy research. Further research institutes, especially from the Fraunhofer Society, are currently being newly founded or expanded.
Hamburg also sets new trends in urban development. While the HafenCity is slowly approaching its completion, new projects have been developed. From Altona’s new centre to the A7 motorway canopy called “Hamburger Deckel and HamburgOst, they will change the image of the city and increase its urban quality. Hamburg is constantly reinventing itself.
Hamburg is undoubtedly on the rise, attracting more and more people from all over the world. This creates attractive business opportunities for the property sector. There is much to do.
Yours, Dr. Rolf Strittmatter