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Coffee Plaza

Hamburg Germany

Richard Meier & Partners Architects

 

Project Description

Category: Work

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Hamburg’s Coffee Plaza is a 291,500-square-foot center for international coffee trade that includes the ovoid headquarters for Neumann Kaffee Gruppe, along with two additional office buildings and a large public plaza. The site is key to ambitious redevelopment efforts seeking to reinvent Hamburg’s once-industrial port as a business and cultural center.

Raised on a podium overlooking nearby Sandtorpark, the oval-shaped tower mediates the separation between the park and plaza. Inside, behind a ventilated façade, the oval configuration improves visual and physical connections between the office workers, resulting in greater collaboration. “This project is potentially a new take on a minimal floor plate with an emphasis on minimizing circulation,” juror Hilary Sample said, noting that the project speaks “to a new idea about scale in the workplace. It’s more intimate.”

Some jurors questioned the efficiency of building three buildings, with three costly elevator cores, instead of one. But overall, the jury lauded the project’s accomplishment as an urban design gesture, creating relationships between three discrete elements—and the surrounding neighborhood—rather than introducing one massive tower to the area. “The oval building … is scaled to fit very nicely in that part of Hamburg,” juror Raymund Ryan said. “It makes for a civilized city.”

 

Project Details

Coffee Plaza
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Project Team:
    Richard Meier FAIA, design team; Bernhard Karpf AIA design team; Ringo Offermann AIA, project architect; Christian Tschoeke; Eva Held; Gabriel McKinney; Gil Even-Tsur; Hyungsok Moon; Anne Strüwing; Jonathan Bell; Matt Krajewski; Quang Truong; Kevin Lee; Reja Bakh; Warren Kim;
Consultants:
  • Structural Engineer: Weber Poll Ingenieurbüro für Bauwesen 
  • Electrical Engineer: DS-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft für Ganzheitliche Bauberatung und Generalfachplanung 
  • Mechanical Engineer: DS-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft für Ganzheitliche Bauberatung und Generalfachplanung 
  • Building Physics: DS-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft für Ganzheitliche Bauberatung und Generalfachplanung 
  • Façade Consultant: DS-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft für Ganzheitliche Bauberatung und Generalfachplanung 
  • Fire and Code Consultant: Taubert und Ruhe Beratungsbüro für Akustik und Thermische Bauphysik 
  • Lighting Consultant: Peter Andres Beratende Ingenieure für Lichtplanung 
  • Signage: Piscatello Design Centre 
  • Civil Engineer: IGB Ingenieurgesellschaft 
  • Parking Consultant: Masuch+Olbrisch 
  • Wind Consultant: I.F.I. Institut für Industrieaerodynamik 
  • Façade Cleaning Consultant: TAW Weisse International 
  • Project Management: Drees & Sommer 
  • Project Management: Salzhuber und Frühling 
  • Associate Architect: Architekten Ingenieure PSP 
  • Acoustical Consultant: Taubert und Ruhe Beratungsbüro für Akustik und Thermische Bauphysik 
 
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Project Size:
    291,702 sq ft
 
 
 

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