Dike Park Elbe Island Future perspectives for the flood-adapted design of Hamburg's urban coastline

Dike Park Elbinsel_Deichparkbild © 2011 STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

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Development of dike landscapes_from many individual dikes to one ring dike © 2011  STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

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Uses in the foreland and hinterland © 2011  STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

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Idea study protection line_design without land_design with hinterland_design new foreland © 2011  STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

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Deichpark_Spreehafen_Klütjenfelder main dike © 2013 STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

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Dike park_Deichbude_Kreetsander Hauptdeich © 2013 Hagen Stiers

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Dike Park Elbinsel_Deichparkbild © 2011 STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

Development of dike landscapes_from many individual dikes to one ring dike © 2011  STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

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Uses in the foreland and hinterland © 2011  STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

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Idea study protection line_design without land_design with hinterland_design new foreland © 2011  STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

Deichpark_Spreehafen_Klütjenfelder main dike © 2013 STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg

Dike park_Deichbude_Kreetsander Hauptdeich © 2013 Hagen Stiers

The project, developed as part of the IBA Hamburg, shows forward-looking approaches to the design of flood protection facilities as attractive and versatile components of the urban landscape.

The Hamburg Elbe island with the districts of Wilhelmsburg and Veddel is the largest inhabited river island in Europe. This special feature requires the development of future-oriented strategies for flood protection. The dyke park combines the demand for safety with new possibilities to experience the island landscape. Flood protection facilities such as dikes and terps characterise the image of the Elbe island. Their importance will continue to increase in the future with the predicted rise in sea level and the expected risk of storm surges, but the striving for the greatest possible safety has its price: over the centuries, dike structures have developed from versatile landscape elements into highly specialised technical infrastructures. Their use is only possible to a limited extent due to the high safety requirements. Where will this development lead?

The dike park project addresses this question. The "Elbe Island Dike Park" study is an interdisciplinary and interagency communication and development project of the IBA Hamburg International Building Exhibition. The project serves as a motor to think about new spatial qualities for the urban society in connection with flood protection. The aim is to show new possibilities
how the unique location of the island in the Elbe can be grasped and experienced while remaining a safe living space. Components of the project included
the preparation of a feasibility study, the implementation of IBA laboratories, excursions and workshops, and the development of a touring exhibition. The dyke booth opened in 2013 on the Götjensort seawall cottage explains the functional relationships between the dyke, seawall, dyke foreland and dyke hinterland in connection with the adjacent "Kreetsand" pilot project, which is currently under construction. In Spreehafen as well as on Veddel, the development of the dike park is to be tackled first in the course of the next dike raising. With this in mind, the Spreehafen dyke will be developed as a multifunctional leisure strip and as a viewing promenade.

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STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN Hamburg
Sabine Rabe (rabe landschaften), Gerko Schröder (TH Landschaftsarchitektur), Antje Stokman (Landschaftsarchitektin), Thomas Gräbel (Architekt), Hille von Seggern (Alltag-Forschung-Kunst)
Hamburg
Projektbeirat: Landesbetrieb Straßen, Brücken und Gewässer (LSBG), Behörde für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt (BSU), Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), TUHH, Deichverband Wilhelmsburg

Employees
Sabine Rabe (Projektleitung), Thomas Gräbel, Marcella Hartmann, Burkhard Köhler, Malte Pill, Hille von Seggern, Gerko Schröder, Julia Schulz, Antje Stokman, Rouven Wagner

Project period
2010 - 2017

Client
IBA Hamburg GmbH, LSBG Landesbetrieb Straßen, Brücken und Gewässer, HPA Hamburg Port Authority

Address

Hamburg

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