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CUTTING-EDGE ARCHITECTURE PERFECT FOR THE OLD CITY

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The newly-built Katharinenquartier in Hamburg, Germany, combines contemporary architecture with a traditional environment. This is made possible by using bricks in the façade design.
katharinenquartier hamburg modern brick facade building front view
© Oliver Heissner
katharinenquartier hamburg modern brick facade building front view
© Oliver Heissner
katharinenquartier hamburg modern brick facade building front view
© Oliver Heissner
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katharinenquartier hamburg modern brick facade building front view
© Oliver Heissner

CUTTING-EDGE ARCHITECTURE PERFECT FOR THE OLD CITY

Public Use

The newly-built Katharinenquartier in Hamburg, Germany, combines contemporary architecture with a traditional environment. This is made possible by using bricks in the façade design.

Do you live and work near to the Port of Hamburg, the historic Speicherstadt and the modern harbour city? Residents, visitors and staff appreciate the mix of the traditional and modern within the project. “With the Katharinenquartier, we have proven that modern, high-quality architecture revives historic design and reflects the commonality between living and working”, said architect Niels Vagt from KPW Papay Warncke und Partner.

katharinenquartier hamburg modern brick facade building front view
© Oliver Heissner

EXCITING PROSPECTS
A quarter has been created on the property around St. Catherine’s church with a residential share of 60 percent, plus business and office spaces can also be found on the new site. The flats are grouped around a turfed internal square that is open to the public during the day. The building façades are formed by bricks that are typical to the region.

katharinenquartier hamburg modern brick facade building front view
© Oliver Heissner

EXCLUSIVE THANKS TO BRICKS FIRED IN CIRCULAR KILNS
“In line with the Hamburg tradition, only brickwork façades would do for the façade design,” said the architect. This meant high-quality bricks with structured surfaces and rich colours that fit the cityscape. The selection ultimately came down to two different façade bricks made in a circular kiln in bright red and black. Carbon lumps, bonding surfaces and traces of sinter are desired for these rustic variants and add a certain level of exclusivity and individuality thanks to their unusual look. They were built in a rustic pattern.

katharinenquartier hamburg modern brick facade building front view
© Oliver Heissner

AESTHETICS AND VALUE RETENTION
However, the selection of the façade material was not based on visuals alone. When using bricks, painting is unneces- sary and maintenance costs are minimised. They are weather resistant and protect the underlying insulation. With their high-quality look, they also add to the timelessly beautiful Katharinenquartier.

katharinenquartier hamburg modern brick facade building front view
© Oliver Heissner
Facts & Figures
  • Project name
    Katharinenquartier, Hamburg, Germany
  • Architect
    KPW Papay Warncke und Partner
  • Used products

    Terca Bockhorn Roßlau bright red, Terca Bockhorn Steglitz black

  • Year of completion
    2015
Terca Steglitz

Façade

Terca Steglitz – Germany

Terca Roßlau in varied sort Wienerberger

Façade

Terca Roßlau in varied sort – Germany