A historical monument is reinvented: the "WaterWorks" am Falkensteiner Ufer in Hamburg is an excellent example of how high-end apartments can be integrated into an industrial complex that is 160 years old. Hamburg-based BiwerMau architects specialize in conversion projects. Here it was decided to use the house within a house method and insert spacious apartments into a listed ensemble of halls, workers’ houses and coal stores. What makes "WaterWorks" so impressive is the architects’ sensitive handling of the existing building; the two office partners Michael Biwer und Thomas Mau were especially keen to retain the visible traces of the past. Design details like the sandblasted steel supports and wooden ceilings together with the untreated concrete and brick surfaces revive memories of the building’s industrial legacy. Another element of the project were the Berker series "1930" switches and outlets of the hager group that were fitted into the spaces between the roughly cleaned brick walls and harmonize ideally with the overall appearance.
In the Live-Event "architects insights" between 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on June 10, 2021 the hager group is providing exclusive insights into the "WaterWorks" in the guise of a virtual site tour. Architect Thomas Mau will act as tour guide and answer questions on the project. In a subsequent interview with journalist Harald Willenbrock he will explain amongst other things how the "WaterWorks" was successfully realized despite a host of specifications relating to the building’s listed state, fire protection and flooding protection. He will also explain the general planning challenges that go hand in hand with converting listed buildings. The event will be streamed live from the former pumping station of "WaterWorks" that is now used to host events. Participants can also register with "Teams Live Event" and ask questions on the project via the chat function so that they join in on a virtual journey into the past.
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Pumpenhalle, WaterWorks, Hamburg