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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.

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