Hamburg Hafencity and the Chain of Pearls
London and Melbourne have their Docklands, San Francisco has it’s Fisherman’s Wharf district, and now Hamburg has followed suit with it’s own unique port-related destination. The maritime model-district of the Hafencity sits across from the historical storehouse district, where importers and shipping magnates once stored their goods until sale. One particularly interesting aspect of Hamburg is that this district borders on an active port, which remains an important part of Hamburg’s economy. Large companies like Der Spiegel and Unilever, as well as the environmental protection organization Green Peace, have set up roots here and built their buildings according to sustainable energy standards. The title Chain of Pearls, given to the new chain of buildings in the Elbe promenade and pedestrian zone, represents the uniqueness of these architecture projects from renowned architects along the old Altona fishery and gas port.