When you are thinking of sustainable houses and offices, you can imagine solar panels on the rooftop, double glazing windows or smart reuse of rainwater. For a house owner these choices are relatively easy to make. But what if you’re not an owner but a tenant?
Nothing sums up the city of Hamburg better than the 41,8 meter high energy bunker close to the up-and-coming underprivileged neighbourhood Wilhelmsburg. And this is why: Hamburg city centre harbours a thriving shopping area, historic buildings as well as (super) modern high-rise buildings, a tremendously photogenic sea port (including a state-of-the-art ferris wheel), dozens of museums, a vibrant nightlife and spanking-new HafenCity, a sustainably developed district including apartments, shops and companies.
What happens when a municipality and a couple of land developers are asked to find a new lay-out for an old harbour? Apparently, they start with asking some questions. For example: “ What makes a good city?” and “How can we keep warm yet stay CO2 free?”