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Baufeld 10 Apartments and Commercial Building
Hamburg - first prize
This winning proposal for an apartment block in Hamburg's docklands looks to the historic city, employing Hamburg's dark clinker bricks to create a heavy, grounded building that refers to the qualities of the existing architecture of the docks and waterfronts. The building is intended to oscillate between a foreground and background condition - the simple form and rhythms of the facades are understated and seem familiar, but are inflected relative to their relationship with the light. This would subtly adjust the character of the building throughout the day, in response to its prominent setting - on the visual axis of the principal bridge approach to the new quarter, from the existing city. The brown copper roof is more modelled, a communal space for the residents, which would offer a fifth elevation to the adjacent Philharmonie.