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Caruso St John wins Hamburg publishing headquarters contest

Caruso St John's competition-winning proposal for a landmark new 60,000m² headquarters for publishing giant Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg

Caruso St John has won an international invited competition for a landmark new 60,000m² headquarters for publishing giant Gruner + Jahr

The London practice defeated Copenhagen-based 3XN, Dublin’s O’Donnell + Tuomey, and ROBERTNEUN™ Architekten from Berlin to win the prestigious commission.

The project in Lohsepark within Hamburg’s HafenCity is Caruso St John’s second major office scheme in Germany’s second largest city. The practice won an invited contest for a 13,700m² block in the city centre four years ago.

The latest scheme, planned to start on site in 2019, will transform a prominent site with the riverside HafenCity regeneration zone, which is home to Herzog & de Meuron’s €789m Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

In a statement describing the winning scheme, the practice said: ‘The 60,000m² of accommodation is organised around three courtyards. The main entrance is through the first of these courts, which is covered and gathers together the public and social spaces of the building.

‘The ground floor accommodates places to eat, television studios and co-working spaces, as well as a contemporary art space for the city.

‘Offices are accommodated in the upper floors of the building and culminate in a series of roof gardens and associated social spaces that afford views over the city. The stepped volume of the building is clad in specially made glazed terracotta.’

Founded in 1965, Gruner + Jahr publishes 285 magazines and newspapers in 22 countries around the world. The organisation is currently headquartered near Baumwall but will relocate to the new base within the city’s former docklands.

New residential units, retail spaces and public cultural facilities are also planned as part of the development.

Caruso St John's competition-winning proposal for a landmark new 60,000m² headquarters for publishing giant Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg

Caruso St John’s competition-winning proposal for a landmark new 60,000m² headquarters for publishing giant Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg

Caruso St John’s competition-winning proposal for a landmark new 60,000m² headquarters for publishing giant Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg