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Hamburg set for TV park 'bubbles'

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Sauerbruch Hutton Architects has won a competition to design a TV World theme park on a 280,000m 2site in a residential neighbourhood of south-eastern Hamburg.

Designed to allow visitors to go behind the scenes of television, the park is conceived as a world populated by islands or bubbles - covered halls or open air areas - which contain various attractions including a museum, a stunt hall, a TV show hall, and a water ride.

There is no prescribed route through the park: the idea is that visitors can jump from bubble to bubble, much as one 'zaps' between channels on a television set.

When the attractions become too much, visitors can enjoy the restful atmosphere of the landscaped parkland in between.

The project is worth an estimated DM300-400 million (£90-£120 million) and is due to open in 2004. The second prize in the competition went to Florian Nagler, while Massimilliano Fuksas came third.

The park is next to premises already in use by TV production company Studio Hamburg, which will use part of the site for its own expansion. The masterplan also includes a hotel and leisure facilities, as well as north-south and east-west pedestrian and cyclist routes across the site.

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