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Hamburg. Living on the Water

In 2013 Hamburg completed the transformation of the island of Elbinsel to host the 2013 Hamburg International Building Exhibition, IBA, and the International Garden Show. These venues were the triggers for the development strategy known as the “Sprung über die Elbe” - the leap over the Elbe - a physical and cultural leap pushing the city beyond the long-standing barrier of the north branch of the river Elbe that has always been the city’s southern boundary. Locating the IBA on the vast watery reaches of Elbinsel, one of the Elbe Islands, has given a further thrust to the expansion of the city following hard on the heels of the extraordinary development of its old port area, HafenCity. This now famous project to build a contemporary city in Hamburg’s former docklands is one of Europe’s largest and most successful urban redevelopment programmes. Today...

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