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BUILDING
 
 
ADA 1
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DESIGNER
 
 
J. Mayer H.
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DESCRIPTION
 
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J. Mayer H. Architects, ADA 1, An der Alster 1, Hamburg, Germany, Lydia Thiesemann, Breimann & BruunThe building site is situated at the intersection between Hamburg’s lively downtown and its urban landscape that is rich in water and mature trees. It is at the transition from city to nature, and the gateway building to the bustling metropolitan core.

J. Mayer H. Architects, ADA 1, An der Alster 1, Hamburg, Germany, Lydia Thiesemann, Breimann & BruunThe horizontal striped facade with its floating “eyes” celebrates the view onto this unique context. A public park in front of the building continues the design strategy of the facade into the landscape. The “eyes” in the facade and the platforms in the park enable the places to meet and contemplate.

The office spaces serve both a generic spatial layout and specific moments related to the “eyes”. Large spans provide for various office layout configurations in combination with balconies and climatically tempered outdoor spaces of the “eyes”. The eyes are just a bigger space inside the double skin facade, which work the same as the whole facade.

This kind of facade highly economizes on energy, because the windows of the inner facade can be used to ventilate. This is the reason why no additional air conditioning is needed for the office building.

In Germany, the companies mostly don’t want buildings with air conditioning because of the high running costs. Furthermore an air conditioning is also problematic in terms of health conditions. In addition to that the concrete core activation system inside the concrete ceilings cools the building during summertime and heats it during wintertime with the help of water. The warmed surfaces allow lower heating costs in wintertime and thus save energy.

The office building “An der Alster 1” links its interior and exterior spaces to the public park in front of the building and to the city context of Hamburg, becoming a new anchor at the prestigious Aussenalster waterfront.
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J. Mayer H. Architects, ADA 1, An der Alster 1, Hamburg, Germany, Lydia Thiesemann, Breimann & Bruun
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MATERIALS
 
cement, glass

J. Mayer H. Architects, ADA 1, An der Alster 1, Hamburg, Germany, Lydia Thiesemann, Breimann & Bruunprincipal exterior material
aerated concrete and glass, double skin facade

principal interior material
concrete and plasterboard, water based cooling system inside the concrete, no air-conditioning needed

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Germany [Deutschland]
Land
Hamburg
Town
Hamburg
District
Hamburg-Mitte
Neighborhoods
St. Georg
Address
An der Alster 1
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2005 - 2007     project winner of limited competiton
Realisation
2007
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CLIENT
 
 
Cogiton Projekt Alster GmbH, Hamburg
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
building area sq.m. 970
total floor area sq.m. 5436,16
functional area sq.m. 4512,03
Height
m. 20,50
Floors
6
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Lydia Thiesemann, CBP
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Breimann & Bruun
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STAFF
 
Design team
competition phase
Jürgen Mayer H., Jan-Christoph Stockebrand, Marcus Blum, Klaus Küppers, Hans Schneider
project phase
Jürgen Mayer H., Hans Schneider, Wilko Hoffmann, Andre Santer, Sebastian Finckh, Marta Ramírez Iglesias, Georg Schmidthals, Marcus Blumü
Associate architect
Imhotep, Donachie und Blomeyer, Berlin with Architekturbuero Franke, Hamburg
Lighting engineer
Andres – Lichtplanun, Hamburg
Plastic models, rendering
Werk 5
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Schraubverschluss
Drawings © J. MAYER H. Architects
Text edited by J. MAYER H. Architects
Courtesy of J. MAYER H. Architects

J. Mayer H. Architects, ADA 1, An der Alster 1, Hamburg, Germany, Lydia Thiesemann, Breimann & Bruun



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