The diggers have already been hard at work, the architects have been busy on the plans and the investors are ready to go – Schuppen 3 on Konsul-Smidt-Strasse is evolving into the new EuropaQuartier quarter, scheduled for completion by 2021. Featuring a mix of apartments, offices, retail units and services, it represents another milestone for Überseestadt, Bremen’s New Harbour District.
Schuppen 3, around 400 metres long and about 59 metres wide, was used as a warehouse until only a few years ago. But now it is set for a major change – it will be converted for commercial use, with plans in place to reduce its length to 115 meters. The site will offer a total of around 10,000 square metres of floor area for offices, studios and restaurants, and the plans include an atrium and a childcare centre with roughly 100 places. The legally required outdoor space for the childcare centre will be created on the roof of the building.
The design competition was won by Hamburg-based architects Störmer, Murphy and Partners. Their design retains the building’s architectural character, and the old tracks of the suspension crane will be turned into a feature. “The winning entry from these internationally renowned architects has a great balance between revitalising old structures and integrating flexible new spaces,” says Jens Lütjen, managing director of Robert C. Spies Group. The real estate consultants are providing expert advice for all the development and coordination processes, and are managing the sale of the owner-occupied housing and commercial premises.
Another landmark for Überseestadt
Hochpunkt, a 56 metre high residential building with 15 storeys, will be erected next to what remains of the old Schuppen 3. Sauerbruch Hutton, a Berlin-based agency, won the architectural competition for the building, which will be visible from far and wide, thanks in no small part to its wave-shaped exterior. “The well-proportioned and elegantly designed Hochpunkt building will dominate this prominent waterside area in Überseestadt and turn it into a vibrant location in EuropaQuartier,” says Ingo Damaschke, managing director of the ASSET group of companies and an investor in the large-scale project.