Hamburg / Berlin (dpa) – British star architect David Chipperfield has won the competition for the planned new Hamburg building for Signal Iduna insurance.
Chipperfield’s Berlin office announced on Monday that the design prevailed against twelve competitors among the judges from real estate investor Hansainvest, the Hamburg building department and Signal Iduna. The new office complex not far from the Moorweide is to be built on the site of the old Signal Iduna building complex on Neue Rabenstrasse. Materials from the previous building should also be used.
An ensemble of several free-standing buildings with office space is planned for the headquarters of the Signal Induna Group, as well as other office tenants. “The ensemble is integrated coherently and self-confidently into the heterogeneous urban planning environment,” says the press release. “Connected to a closed street block to the south, several free-standing buildings of different sizes form a permeable block closure.”
According to a Signal Iduna spokesman, the demolition of the old building is planned by 2022, construction work should therefore begin in 2023 and be completed by the end of 2026. The insurance group is currently building a new administration building in City Nord.
Chipperfield is one of the world’s most famous architects. In Germany he was most recently responsible for the renovation of the New National Gallery in Berlin, which reopened in May. He had previously marked the museum landscape in the capital with the spectacular reconstruction of the New Museum or the James Simon Gallery on Museum Island.
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