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START CONSTRUCTION OF
ELBBRÜCKEN STATION BY GMP
MAY 1, 2015 MARCO RINALDI

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Construction work on the Elbbrücken station for the extension of the U4 underground line in
Hamburg’s HafenCity, designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), has
started. In the meantime, gmp architects have obtained additional commissions, one of them
for the connecting building between the future underground station and the adjoining
Elbbrücken metropolitan railway station, and the other for the design of a roof for this station.

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Given that underground station, link building and station roof are all designed by the same
architectural practice, there is the opportunity to create an urban design ensemble at this
transport interchange. The genius loci of all three components is determined by their location
directly at the River Elbe, by the planned dense development of this city quarter in the eastern
part of HafenCity and by the historic Elbbrücken bridges with their shallow steel arches.

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A conspicuous steel construction consisting of curved framing girders for the new
underground station picks up the theme of the Elbbrücken bridges. The external roof
construction emphasizes the visual presence of the loadbearing structure; the cross-wise
arrangement of the frames creates a grid-like system that stabilizes the steel arches. A glass
facade suspended on the inside protects the building against the weather.

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The light-flooded station building opens interesting vistas to the new local urban Baakenhafen
center, the prominent tower blocks and the Elbbrücken bridges. Clearly designed in the same
vein but without replicating the underground station, the roof of the metropolitan station is
also intended to have an external curved steel construction in the form of a diamond-shaped
grid.