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Superbude St. Pauli
Site: Hamburg, Germany
Project Status: Competition
Main Use: Hotel
Total Floor Area: 11.000 m²
Structural System: Concrete
Structural Engineer: Werner Sobek Engineering
Green Tech: WS Green Technologies
Cost Control: Prof. Ulrich Vetter

For this new hotel in Hamburg St. Pauli a building was designed that speaks a unique architectural language in response to its significant location next to the Heiligengeistfeld. The design also reacts to the immediate context of the surrounding streets. The folded street façades create an alternation, breaking up its length, especially along the Simon-von-Utrecht-Straße. On ground level, the grid of the façade widens to open the building to the public space.

The design of the façade intends to loosen up the rigid impression of the pragmatic hotel grid. The elevation was divided into t-shaped elements, which are to be constructed as three-dimensional precast modules. These elements feature a vertical crease, strengthening the height of the building and breaking up its horizontal length. Five different elements (with the crease leaning towards the right or left) of the same t-shaped façade surface can be arranged in numerous combinations, creating variations in the façade. With these few basic elements a diversified façade elevation emerges.

The requirement of a green façade was met by developing pre-cast concrete façade modules with integrated planters. Nevertheless, the façade and its sculptural expression were designed to not suffer in attractiveness even if some of the plants fail to thrive.
As the elements are shifted horizontally on each floor, the planter in the upper part of these pre-cast modules is always arranged in front of the window above. This provides space for the plants and moreover makes them visible not only in the façade but also from inside of the hotel rooms.