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Deutsches Hafenmuseum Hamburg

Deutsches Hafenmuseum Hamburg

Designs for the National Port Museum

aac Workshop, Hamburg, Germany
1st March to 23rd March 2017 on Campus Rainvilleterrasse in Hamburg


This workshop is under the guidance of
Prof. Dr.- Ing. h.c. Volkwin Marg and
Dipl.- Ing. Architect Nikolaus Goetze


The port anniversary is celebrated as a big port festival in Hamburg every year. It is already the 818th anniversary in 2017. Hamburg’s town history is closely linked to the development of the port. Hamburg’s significance and influence as Hanseatic city were shaped by the port, as also the different epochs of the port have consistently changed and left their mark on Hamburg’s townscape. Thus, among others the renowned Speicherstadt and the HafenCity developed.

Big sailing ships dominated the scene of the port until the 20th century. Today, the Hamburg tidal port is the third largest container handling hub in Europe. Only enormous changes in the structure of the Port of Hamburg allowed this change to happen, while maintaining the significance of the port in the world events. The Federal Government has now accepted the city of Hamburg’s tender to build the National Port Museum. A museum presenting selected examples of the port operations from the fields of cargo handling, shipping, shipbuilding and of the port as a world of work and myth as well as walk-in exhibits on a scale of 1:1. It shall reflect the history of the globalisation with its social consequences and focus one’s eyes on future developments. Maritime eye-catcher will become the restored four-masted barque “Peking” in memory of the former world trade under sail.

Based on the setting of a realistic scenario, the assignment of aac’s spring workshop is the design of a museum building with open-air grounds for the National Port Museum at a prominent location. The designs developed in the workshop will explore the potentials and, thus, may allow giving important impetus to the further development and implementation of an outstanding sight for the cultural location of Hamburg.

The international three-and- a-half week workshop takes place with selected participants in the aac Studios on Campus Rainvilleterrasse. An excursion to the site and additional reference locations as well as expert lectures and critiques by renowned visiting professors accompany the workshop resulting in a public exhibition opening of the results in the premises of Campus Rainvilleterrasse.