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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.

Quarter of Nations in Hamburg, Germany by Gerber Architekten

December 2nd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Gerber Architekten

At the award ceremony of 2014 “Carl-Friedrich Fischer Prize for humane housing“, the head-end buildings of the Quarter of Nations have been awarded with one of the first prizes. The Hamburg housing project impressed the Jury, consisting of Christiane Ruth Hansmann (foundation director), Uli Hellweg (IBA Hamburg GmbH) and Professor Jörn Walter (Oberbaudirektor Hamburg), with its combination of a social housing building with a passive house. Out of 90 entered projects from the Hamburg urban area, in addition to the Quarter of Nations, the “Neue Hamburger Terrassen“ (LAN Architekten) and the “Gartenquartier Kleine Horst“ (SEHW Architekten) also received awards. The award, which was first made this year, aims to promote the intention of the former Regierungsbaumeister, Carl-Friedrich Fischer, to provide humane housing in the city and nearby.

Image Courtesy © HG Esch

Image Courtesy © HG Esch

  • Architects: Gerber Architekten
  • Project: Quarter of Nations
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Photography: HG Esch

Image Courtesy © HG Esch

Image Courtesy © HG Esch

On the 9th of October, the Quarter of Nations was also awarded the “Deutscher Städtebaupreis 2014“. “The project convinced at an urban as well as at an architectural level with its modest and precise Interventions. (…) The settlement impresses through its inviting, generous atmosphere with a strong, identifiying character.“ commented the judges, chaired by Dr. Rena Wandel-Hofer, the Baudezernentin of Saarbrücken. The “Deutscher Städtebaupreis“ will be awarded every second year for urban projects in Germany, which are outstanding for sustainable and innovative contributions to urban architecture as well as for housing development in urban and rural contexts. The award ceremony took place on the 9th of October 2014 in the white room of the “New Castle” of Stuttgart.

About the project:

The ‘Quarter of Nations‘ in Hamburg’s Wilhelmsburg district was created in connection with the IBA 2013 – a model intercultural housing project intended to house more than 1,700 inhabitants originating from 30 different nations. Gerber Architekten extended a traditional workers’ housing development with two new buildings that respond to the most fundamental elements of the existing architecture and reinterpret them by incorporating sculptural head-end volumes, whilst simultaneously reconciling them with the high energy efficiency requirements of a passive building. There are a total of 75 publicly-funded housing units, of different sizes and offering different forms of accommodation; they combine accommodation types suitable for single persons, couples and families, thereby ensuring an appropriately-mixed social profile for the ‘Quarter of Nations‘.

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