Lohsepark, Hamburg, Germany

From water to water

Client: HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
Period: 2010 – 2017
Surface area: 60 000m2

If a visitor of the new Lohsepark in Hamburg turns 360°, he experiences one of its most outstanding spatial qualities: On both ends the long axis of the open space opens up towards water: the river Elbe and the old harbor canals. Even though it is not visible from everywhere within the park, the water still influences the spatial experience: the open water breaks through the fabric of urban façades and lets light and air into the park.

The concept for this open space emphasizes these qualities by two basic interventions: a visual connection from water to water and a clear spatial differentiation into three levels: the city level, the park level and the historic level.

Landscaped terraces connect these levels. The details of their design create varying possibilities of use, of esthecial experience and make them distinguishable.

Generous spaces with simple formal expression on the one hand, and details and materials that are characteristic for the site on the other hand, give the park an individual and local atmosphere. It changes from the quietness of a place close to the water to urban life, from sensing history to lived present and to a design open to the future.

The memorial “denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof”, which is integrated into the park, commemorates the deportation of thousands of Jews, Sinti and Roma in the years 1940 - 1945.