Meier beats Foster and Zaha to scoop Hamburg HQ
US practice Richard Meier & Partners has won a star-studded competition to design a mixed-use scheme in Hamburg
The firm, which designed the new US Embassy in London, beat Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster + Partners to the Hamburg project.
It will create Engel & Völkers’ new headquarters in the HafenCity district of the German town.
The seven-story block will feature a taller vertical building on the northwest corner.
It will include apartments, offices, a training academy and retail spaces within a single, identifiable building.
An undulating ceiling caps the atrium and separates the public domain from the private functions above.
Richard Meier design partner-in-charge Bernhard Karpf said: ‘By treating the exterior appearance with restrained elegance and articulating the interior courtyard and atrium through a series of more expressive elements, the building turns itself inside out in correspondence with the client’s request of an inviting and identifiable headquarters.’
Richard Meier added: ‘We have worked in Germany for more than 30 years, starting with the Museum for the Decorative Arts in Frankfurt.
‘We greatly look forward to building the new Engel & Völkers complex and we hope to continue contributing to the rich urban fabric of Hamburg.’
The building is scheduled for opening in 2015.