Kleiner Grasbrook, Hamburg, Germany

Olympia Masterplan

Client: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
Architecture: KCAP / ARUP / GMP
Period: 2015 – 2016
Surface area: 1 011 800m2

Olympic City on Kleine Grasbrook is an important hub linking the Elbe islands with HafenCity and with eastern and southern Hamburg. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are drivers of urban development and sustainable urban renewal. Learnings from the Barcelona, Vancouver and London Games provided building blocks for intelligent structures and infrastructures suitable to post-Olympic use. 

The Olympic Village, where athletes and their guardians lived throughout the Games, formed a central quarter available for use immediately following the Games. Remaining a permanent symbol of the Olympics, the stadium will be supplemented with additional urban functions. The Olympic Hall will be converted into a cruise terminal and the Olympic Swimming Pool acquatic centre will continue to be a sports and leisure pool. Defining structures of the urban development are the local ports, quays and shores. The road network and cultivation typology are oriented east to west towards the banks of the Elbe, Hamburg’s Vltava port (Moldauhafen) and Magdeburg’s port „Hansahafen”. These are supplemented with a linear park running east to west proceeding from the main square’s new subway station “Kleiner Grasbrook” and crossing the stadium to the park on the Elbe. Like the Magdeburger Hafen in HafenCity, Vltava port is a lively harbour with two quay plains and several bridges. The Grasbrookerallee is another important east-west axis, being the central shopping street in the Sachsenbrücke extension.