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DRDH TASTES VICTORYIN GERMANY

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This scheme, by young London-based practice DRDH Architects, has won a competition in Hamburg. The firm saw off competition from Austria’s Love Architecture; Onix, from Holland, and four Hamburg practices. The competition - which targeted up-and-coming offices - was based around a three-day design workshop. The scheme will nestle within the HafenCity masterplan, which features projects by a wide range of international stars, including Benedetta Tagliabue, Herzog & De Meuron, David Chipperfield and Philippe Starck. DRDH’s designs focus on simplicity and reference the traditional waterside architecture that surrounds the site. This approach is reflected in the form of the building, that subtly changes angles - both in the facade and the roof - in response to the way the light changes throughout the day. The winning designs will be worked up before being approved by a residents’ co-op that has a 60 per cent share in the development.

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