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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Steckelhörn 11 in Hamburg, Germany by J. Mayer H. Architects

May 23rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: J. Mayer H. Architects

The project “Steckelhörn 11” is located in the old centre of Hamburg, close to the prominent new “Hafen City” development. It replaces a ruinous building and fills the gap between two historic premises. The triangular-shaped lot stretches across the city block, thus allowing for a narrow façade of about 1.3 m width facing the harbor and a main elevation of about 26.4 m oriented toward Steckelhörn street. The vertical design and soft setbacks of the latter pay tribute to the massing of the surrounding structures, as well as to local building-height regulations.

Main facade (Image Courtesy David Franck)

  • Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
  • Project: S11 – Office Complex Steckelhörn 11
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Hans Schneider, Wilko Hoffmann, Marcus Blum
  • Project Date: 2007-2009
  • Completion: October 2009
  • Client: Cogiton Projekt Altstadt GmbH, Hamburg
  • Architect on Site: Imhotep, Donachie und Blomeyer with Dirk Reinisch, Berlin
  • Software used: Archicad and Rhino

Main facade (Image Courtesy David Franck)

  • Structural Engineers: WTM, Hamburg
  • Building Services: Energiehaus with Sineplan, Hamburg
  • Model: Werk5, Berlin
  • Photographer: David Franck
  • Function: Office Complex
  • Building area (Grundfläche): 960 m2
  • Gross external Area / BGF: 3654 m2
  • Usable Area / Gesamt-Nutzfläche: 2960 m2
  • Number of floors: 8
  • Height of the building: 30,25 m
  • Structure: concrete
  • Principal Exterior: Ceramic with glass-aluminium facade
  • Principal interior material: concrete and plasterboard, flooring: ployurethane coating, tiles in bathrooms and Stairs
  • Project: 2007-2009
  • Completion: October 2009

Detail View (Image Courtesy David Franck)

Cantilevered elements in the main facade create a series of specific spatial qualities on the inside and outside. The top floors provide additional outside space, offering a spectacular panoramic view over the city of Hamburg. The particular geometry of the floor plan is the basis for the organization of the building, which architecturally and programmatically presents itself openly to Steckelhoern street while at the same time forming a characteristic landmark when perceived from the historic “Speicherstadt” and new “Hafen City”. As the ground level is conceived either as a spacious lobby for the main tenant or a public cafe, the upper floors provide for generous, flexible office space, most of it allowing a view of the “Katharinenkirche” and/or the “Hafen City”. The top floors provide additional outside space on balconies/loggias and a roof terrace, offering a spectacular panoramic view over the old and new city of Hamburg.

Backside View (Image Courtesy David Franck)

Backside View (Image Courtesy David Franck)

Main Stairs (Image Courtesy David Franck)

Office Space (Image Courtesy David Franck)

Front Facade (Image Courtesy David Franck)

Front Facade (Image Courtesy David Franck)

Entrance Lobby with Lifts (Image Courtesy David Franck)

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