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"The Great Reclining Woman" - Barbara Haeger (1956) © 2008 H. Paschburg Dittloff + Paschburg Landschaftsarchitekten

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"The Great Reclining Woman" - Barbara Haeger (1956) © 2008 H. Paschburg Dittloff + Paschburg Landschaftsarchitekten

The ensemble of Grindel skyscrapers, built between 1949 and 1956, is Germany's first post-war residential high-rise project. It took up and continued the architectural visions of the 1920s.
With its contrast between regular, cubic architecture embedded in the "naturally" designed park, the ensemble of Grindel high-rise buildings has a high quality that can still be read today. At the same time, the Grindelberg park is an indispensable part of the ensemble and in itself a convincing document of a green space typical of the 1950s with a high design value.

The road expansion in the 1960s greatly shortened the forecourt and one of the originally two existing raised beds disappeared. The aim of the planning carried out in early 2004 is to reopen the forecourt to the street space. The square has been widened in a trapezoidal shape in the sense of the original layout. Thus the spatial relations to the shopping mile Grindelallee are resumed and the business row in the ground floor of the Grindel skyscrapers was upgraded.

The square surface received again completely up to the public sidewalk area its original striking plate pattern and is surrounded with a rectangular border as horizontal projection of the rectangular ground plan of the skyscraper. Due to the height situation, this boundary forms a shoulder with two steps at the south-western corner point. To the north, the steps run flush against the rising square in the direction of travel.

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Planning offices

Dittloff + Paschburg Landschaftsarchitekten
Hamburg Ottensen

Project period
2000 - 2004

900 m²

Bezirksamt Eimsbüttel
Bauamt - Gartenbauabteilung

Grindelberg | Hallerstraße
20144 Hamburg

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Project type
Parks and green spaces
Squares, promenades, pedestrian areas
Redevelopment of (historic) open spaces