2006 – 2013
IBA Hamburg

Leap across the Elbe

The largest populated river island in Europe, Wilhelmsburg, as well as Veddel and the Harburg Inland Port, were the bases for IBA Hamburg’s projects from 2006-2013. The problems and potential of current metropolises were accumulating on the Elbe islands: an international urban community and a fractured urban fabric. With roughly 70 projects, IBA Hamburg changed the face of these previously highly neglected areas completely. 

The major topic of IBA Hamburg under the leadership of Uli Hellweg was developing the southern quarters of Hamburg and using them to allow the booming metropolis to grow internally. IBA Hamburg dedicated itself to this in three key areas, its guiding themes.

Cosmopolis: How can an increasingly international urban community reach its potential? Good educational and cultural facilities promote a future-proof coexistence on the Elbe islands.

Metro-zones: What urban development opportunities do borders and transitional zones within a metropolis offer? And how can these areas become liveable quarters? 

City in a changing climate: How can we combine growth and sustainability? What could a climate-friendly future for metropolises look like?

The IBA Convention was also intended to promote a gradual transformation of the Elbe islands’ image. Key Hamburg-based stakeholders committed to becoming IBA partners by signing the document. With their support, they helped root IBA Hamburg in the local community. 

In the presentation year 2013 alone, over 420,000 visitors came to the Hamburg International Building Exhibition. In total, 70 architectural, cultural, social or ecological projects had been implemented by then. This included over 1200 apartments still under construction or already completed. 

The financial volume was also significant. Overall, public-sector investments totalling 300 million Euros were instigated, and IBA Hamburg was the basis for private investments of over 700 million Euros. After the end of the International Building Exhibition, IBA Hamburg GmbH continues to operate as a municipal project developer.

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