The objective of the design for the new HafenCity School in Hamburg was to create a sophisticated and versatile learning environment for students and residents of the city quarter.
The school was perceived in the urban space as a conglomerate of four buildings and thus fits into the surrounding perimeter block structure. The volumes reflect the spatial-programmatic organisation of the school, so that students can assign themselves to a small-scale, intimate learning cluster within the overall complex. Green terraces and access zones facing the outdoor space connect the clusters and create a clear internal path network.
The high proportion of greenery with dense vegetation spaces leads to great biodiversity and contributes to a soothing atmosphere that promotes concentration.
The ground floor is designed as a link between the neighbourhood and the school, creating visual references and promoting the integration of different users within the neighbourhood. Together with the northern tower clock, the public character of the building is to be strengthened and, as an urban dominant, enrich the neighbourhood in an identity-creating way.