Richard Meier designs mixed-use addition to Hamburg’s HafenCity

Richard Meier designs mixed-use addition to Hamburg’s HafenCity

Luxury real estate company Engels & Völkers is about to get a new home, courtesy of American architect Richard Meier and his team. Located within a new development in Hamburg’s HafenCity, the headquarters will share its building with a set of private and rental condominiums, also designed by the New York-based firm.

Launched as a joint venture between Quantum Immobilien and Engels & Völkers, the scheme, named Strandhaus, spans a total of 23 floors, of which 16 are offered as private residential. These include 66 separate apartment units, and a top level dedicated to two penthouses.

Paying just as much attention to the interior as to the exterior, the architects worked with open, generous residential spaces filled with light through floor to ceiling windows and ceiling height doors. Working with natural light and featuring clean open-plan spaces and soft colours – a Richard Meier signature – the project showcases the architecture firm’s trademark white tones in perfect alignment with the Engels & Völkers brand, which is also dominated by the same colour.

Amenities include a private gym. This is located on the high rise’s top level, offering long views of the Hamburg skyline, the Elbe river and the nearby port.

Meanwhile, the property company’s office space occupies 6,800 sq m of the building’s double-height entrance lobby, ground level and five first floors. The space will include the Engels & Völkers Academy. A further couple of levels above are reserved for rental apartments.

The mixed-use building is already in construction and set for completion in 2018.

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