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Proposal by Hütten & Paläste.

Gröninger Hof: Transformation of a Parking for Cars

Taking transformation as a guiding theme, Gröninger Hof will be transformed from a place for parking cars into a neighborhood center in Hamburg’s old town.

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The building will be developed as a prototype that demonstrates how an icon of the car-oriented city can be converted into an urban hybrid for community living and working in a post fossil fuel future. The design proposes maximum preservation and minimal deconstruction, with the new construction measures serving primarily to upgrade the existing building and improve energy efficiency.

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The 36-meter-deep parking garage will be opened up by creating a large courtyard while the upper floors will be partially deconstructed to form two parallel building volumes. The former central access ramp will be transformed into a generous and open threshold that marks the transition from city to building, where it connects to the shared courtyard by means of an open atrium.

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The atmospheric qualities of the coffered ceilings and expressive columns and beams that comprise the original reinforced concrete structure will remain visible throughout the building, adding a temporal layer to the narrative of transformation. The demolition of the building’s interior consists of perforations made exclusively for technical infrastructure and circulation.

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New foundations are not required. The new façade and balcony system will be constructed from wood, which has the added benefit of long-term CO2 storage.

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Proposal by Hütten & Paläste.

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