CLIENT Hamburg City, DFDS Seaways
SIZE 1,300 m2
This project was the first on which William Alsop and Jan
Störmer collaborated and was the catalyst for a series of
major projects in Germany.
At the root of the scheme was the need for an improved terminal
serving North Sea ferry routes carrying both passengers and
freight. Underlying it, however, was a wider agenda of docklands
regeneration. The completed building is far more than a
Over the terminal itself, office floors provide an exceptional
working environment. The public also has access to fine views of
the Elbe via a series of viewing areas. The building is a landmark
exercise in renewal, but was achieved using relatively ordinary
materials. It resembles a great ship, with the A-shaped pre-cast
concrete columns supporting the upper levels providing a clear
reference to derricks.