KCAP and K+H layout sustainable tower for Europe’s greatest inner-city improvement

Photographs courtesy of Playtime/KCAP/K+H

Dutch architect KCAP and Germany’s K+H have received a competitiveness to layout the Wasserhäuser (Waterhouse), a sustainable household tower on Hamburg’s waterfront.

KCAP and K+H are joined by Transsolar KlimaEngineering, PML Lange and WTM Engineers for the job, which is aspect of the HafenCity masterplan, currently Europe’s most significant interior-city growth.

The staff defeat proposals from Buchner & Bründler, Hadi Teherani Architects and Prasch Buken und Associate.

The 7,500 sq m “Seestern” Wasserhäuser will have 62 units. It is one particular of three towers in the growth that will be required to have the very same top and footprint and equivalent façades.

The Seestern building is named following its starfish plan, in which each ground apart from the highest and cheapest share a straight structure surrounded by a balcony zone with rounded corners.

The plinth is surrounded by an entrance deck, which can be achieved by a covered bridge. Within, a double-top entry hall qualified prospects to an indoor children’s playground. The pedestal of the building is surrounded by h2o, and is decorated with a wave pattern with starfish reliefs.

Kees Christiaanse, KCAP’s founder, said: “Within the entire urban plan, the Wasserhäuser has the only volumes to be designed directly on the h2o – a prominently obvious location. As a consequence, the person layout for every single tower demands a refined but recognisable architectural articulation.”

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