David Chipperfield Architects to Design Elbtower in Hamburg

Emerging from a mixed-use podium, the glass tower will be clad with an aluminum skin. All images courtesy David Chipperfield Architects.

A proposal from David Chipperfield Architects has won the competition to design the Elbtower in Hamburg. Slated to become the city’s tallest building, the 750-foot-tall tower is conceived as a counterpoint to the Herzog & de Meuron–designed Elbphilharmonie, a fellow landmark of the emerging Hafencity district. Construction is set to begin in 2021 and open by 2025.

Image courtesy David Chipperfield Architects.

Embedded into the site topography, the base of the tower will open to the city with an inner courtyard that will provide access to the tour as well as surrounding public spaces. Amenities including a bar, restaurant, hotel, retail, and exhibition areas will be installed across the podium and another lower level floor. Clad with a skin of light-colored aluminum, the glass office tower will emerge from the podium in a sweeping curve. The tower’s form will further convey motion with a lighting design from Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Behmann enforced after sunset.

Image courtesy David Chipperfield Architects.

“As architects we are increasingly aware that the city depends on the quality of projects from the private sector to create a strong civic dimension that engages with the complexities of the city,” Chipperfield said. “We look forward to positively embracing this responsibility with the Elbtower project.”