Office Building, Grosser Burstah

Hamburg, Germany 2014–2023

Client: Bilton Real Estate GmbH

This commission was won in an invited competition organised by the city. The new office building for the developer Bilton Real Estate GmbH is part of a wider project to rearrange the shape of the city streets to the north of St Nikolai Memorial, which were lost in the post-war development of the site. The wider master plan re-establishes a scale of city block that is more consistent with the older streets in this central quarter of the city, making it more permeable. The new building will provide 13,700 square metres of offices and retail space, over ten floors.

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Site plan

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Ground Floor plan

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First Floor plan

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Second Floor plan

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Third Floor plan

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Longitudinal section

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Cross section

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Facade details

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North-east elevation

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Hamburg, Germany


Bilton Real Estate GmbH

13,700 m²

Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John

Project architects
Sebastian Drewes (2014–2018), Stephanie Webs (2018–2020), Ben Speltz (2020–2023)

Project team
Dominik Arni, Gregory Bon, Bob Braun, Catija Christensson, Sam Casswell, Laura Wollenhaupt

Structural engineer
Panta Ingenieure GmbH

Services engineer
Reese Ingenieure GmbH, M&P Group

Cost consultant
BAL Bauplanungs und Steuerungs GmbH

Project manager
Drees & Sommer AG

Building physics
Taubert & Ruhe GmbH, Hochtief