View of the Schwankhalle restaurant and hotel beyond ©Picture Plane

Hamburg Altona

Historic brewery buildings incorporated into centrepiece of major urban development in Hamburg

David Kohn Architects gained 4th place out of a shortlist of 11 international practices in an invited competition organised by the City of Hamburg to design the centrepiece of a major urban regeneration project. The jury praised, 'a courageous design idea' and our approach to building conservation was singled out.

Our proposal 'Altona Gateway' acknowledged the role of the site as the welcome to a new residential district that will occupy the former Holsten Brewery. The scheme is an ensemble of new and old buildings that includes: a new-build 170 room hotel; a restaurant for 80 covers in the refurbished brewery distribution hall; 65 student rooms in a refurbished historic tower; and a new-build office building alongside associated landscaping.

Our approach was to introduce new buildings that complimented the historic brewery structures to create a strong and unified urban identity. The new buildings incorporate fragments of the historic brick facades on the site that are slated for demolition. A new crown on the old brewery tower marks the site as a destination whilst the buildings create a diverse set of public spaces to play host to a new civic life. 

Urban regeneration

Hamburg, Germany

Consus Real Estate AG

Completed in 2022

  • Design Team
  • Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Skelly & Couch, Wetzel von Seht
    Renders ©Picture Plane, models ©Wayne Bessey
View of the new hotel and public space ©Picture Plane
Aerial photo of former Holsten Brewery indicating site
Site Photo
ground floor site plan
Model of proposal seen from the west
Hamburg Altona East Elevation
Model of proposal seen from the north
Hamburg Altona West Elevation
Hamburg Altona South section
Structural strategy for office building
Juliusturm structural strategy for adaptive re-use
1:20 Facade Elevation and Section