Hamburg’s »Hafen City« is getting company. Boizenburg on the Elbe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s westernmost town, will soon have a harbour city of its own. Here at the old harbour, close to the historic town centre, a new, ecologically sustainable mixed-use district is being developed in four stages. The project uses the site of the tradition-rich Elbewerft shipyard, which ceased operations in 1997. After subsequently being used temporarily as an industrial zone, the redevelopment site was fundamentally redesigned in conjunction with flood protection measures and a harbour promenade was created. Directly adjoining the promenade, the harbour precinct will become a new meeting place for all of Boizenburg’s inhabitant as an intergenerational neighbourhood with a variety of uses and a high residential quality.
&MICA is charged with planning the third construction phase, which includes four detached multi-family residential buildings on Hafenplatz. The building site is located in direct proximity to the river Boize, which feeds the harbour basin and then flows into the Elbe. Due to the soil conditions this causes, the buildings will be constructed without basements; they will rest on a waterproof concrete slab-on-grade with bored pile foundations. The buildings, constructed with load-bearing walls, will have flat roofs with extensive vegetation and veneer façades made of salvaged clinker bricks. This way, they will not only fit perfectly into the Boizenburg townscape, but will also be closely associated with each other. The new development will also have a richly varied appearance thanks to its orientation and the dispersed arrangement of the individual buildings.
The four polygonal buildings are arranged slightly offset around a square and configured in such a way that a sheltered semi-public shared courtyard is created at their centre. It establishes an identifiable address and ensures barrier-free access. Encounters among the residents are additionally fostered by the way the doorways are positioned and recessed. Three of the buildings each have two storeys plus a set-back upper storey, while the fourth, somewhat smaller building has three full storeys. Together, they provide space for 28 rental units with a total living area of 2,285 square metres. Balconies at the building corners open up views of the Boize from almost all the exterior spaces.
The landscape architects’ open space concept features a staggered arrangement of private gardens and shared, differentiated green spaces with seating elements and tree plantings. These give structure to the development, whose architecture is typified by clarity, recognisability and a playful approach.