MIPIM: Science City Bahrenfeld combines research, business and housing

Hamburg’s student hall WOODIE nominated for "Academy Awards of the real estate sector"

MIPIM: Science City Bahrenfeld combines research, business and housing

The Hamburg Metropolitan Region will be presenting itself as a location of the future at this year’s MIPIM, the world's largest real estate trade fair in Cannes (France). After all, no other city in Germany boasts such a high number of innovative urban development projects. From 12 to 15 March 2019, 26 partners from the region will be showcasing their latest projects and innovative services at the joint Hamburg stand. “The concept has proven successful. The Hamburg stand has become a platform for discussing urban development and other topical issues. We are very pleased to be able to provide insights into yet another project with international repute – Science City Bahrenfeld”, said Dr Rolf Strittmatter, Managing Director of Hamburg Invest. On behalf of the Hamburg Senate, Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Hamburg’s Minister for Urban Development, will be travelling to Cannes to present Hamburg’s urban development projects, hold talks with investors and exchange views on city development with representatives of other major European cities. “Hamburg is enjoying great popularity – among new residents, visitors and investors alike. In terms of working, living and leisure, our city’s attractiveness continues to grow further, which is not only thanks to large-scale urban development projects that are setting the bar as model and innovative districts, but also thanks to careful, consistent inner-city development and the conversion of former industrial sites,” Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt explains.

Science City Bahrenfeld

Science City Bahrenfeld is Hamburg’s very first city development project to conceptualise science, business and housing as a whole. The new quarter is being built on an area of 125 hectares, and the first architectural tenders will be launched in 2020. With the Bahrenfeld research campus at its core, the premises will be home to new scientific institutes and facilities as well as some 2,500 residential units. DESY will be able to expand further, and the University of Hamburg is planning on relocating the departments of physics, chemistry and parts of biology to Science City Bahrenfeld. With excellent rail access and the scheduled development of appealing recreational and leisure areas, Science City Bahrenfeld is set to become a highly attractive place to live and work.

As more than 2,500 new apartments are scheduled to be developed, the aim is to create a lively neighbourhood that provides a high quality of life by combining spaces for working, research, studying and living.

To this end, an intelligent mobility system is currently in the planning stages. With direct access to the local railway network, state-of-the-art mobility hubs and innovative transport concepts, such as bus shuttle systems, the campus is to be entirely car-free. To realise these novel mobility solutions at local level, the development of new velo routes as well as links to transregional rapid cycle routes are also being considered.

Student hall WOODIE nominated for MIPIM Award

One of the highlights of the trade fair will be the awarding of the MIPIM Awards in eleven different categories. The award ceremony will be taking place on the last evening of the MIPIM at the Palais des Festivals. This year, a total of 44 projects from 21 countries have made it to the final round. In the Best Residential Development category, the student hall WOODIE in Hamburg is among the four finalists and is set to assert itself against housing projects from Copenhagen, London, and Amsterdam.

Situated in the district of Wilhelmsburg, WOODIE stands out from other properties due to its construction method: it is a seven-storey hybrid building constructed from 371 timber modules, which are stacked on top of each other almost like Lego bricks. With a construction period of only eleven months, the 13,000 m2 property was completed in half the time when compared with buildings made by conventional construction methods. The timber modules were designed by the Berlin-based architectural office Sauerbruch-Hutton and built by Austrian company Kaufmann Bausysteme.

“Our goal was to show that a property’s CO2 footprint can be reduced considerably by changing the way it is constructed and to demonstrate how we can contribute to combating climate change,” says Achim Nagel of PRIMUS developments GmbH. “Due to the fact that over 80% of components were prefabricated, we have been able to drastically cut down on construction time,” explains Torsten Rieckmann of Senectus GmbH, the company that, together with PRIMUS, erected the building as part of a the joint venture.

Hamburg’s future along the Elbe and Bille rivers

Along the watercourses of the Elbe and Bille rivers, Hamburg is in the process of creating pioneering, innovative highly urbanised spaces. Above all, the HafenCity Hamburg district is nearing completion, with a large number of building projects being finalised, a highly diverse usage mix, new innovations as well as numerous integrated projects on a smaller scale. There are two further urban development zones that are directly adjacent to the HafenCity: the Billebogen, where a new 900-metre-long corridor will provide access to Hamburg's city centre and open up new opportunities for entrepreneurial ideas – and the Grasbrook quarter, Hamburg’s new innovation district on the other side of the Elbe. Together, the three urban development areas form an inner-city transformation area of 300 hectares, with living space potential for about 23,000 people and approximately 71,000 workspaces. Existing concepts for these new urban spaces will be elaborated in more detail as part of two urban development procedures coming up in 2019.


The following organisations will be present at this year’s joint Hamburg stand at MIPIM: Angermann Investment Advisory AG, APOprojekt GmbH, Becken, Drees & Sommer GmbH, Dritte Primus Projekt UDQ GmbH, ECE Projektmanagement G.M.B.H. & Co. KG, EDGE Technologies GmbH, gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, EUROPA-CENTER AG, Dr. Helmut Greve Bau- und Boden AG, Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen, Grossmann & Berger GmbH, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Hamburg Invest, Hamburger Sparkasse AG, HANSAINVEST Real Assets GmbH, Hamburg Commercial Bank, IntReal International Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, MOMENI Immobilien Holding GmbH, Procom Invest GmbH & Co. KG, Quantum Immobilien GmbH, Rheinmetall Immobilien GmbH, Robert C. Spies Gewerbe und Investment GmbH & Co. KG, STRABAG Real Estate GmbH, VITZTHUM Projektmanagement GmbH, and Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH.