Wir bauen uns einen Deich – HAMBURG
We build a dike
Within the program "Stadtküste Hamburg", the IBA /Hafencity Hamburg and OSP Urbane Landschaften invited De Urbanisten and Observatorium to come up with innovative proposals for the Elbe Insel. How do we bring people 'closer to the water', creating awareness of the threat of rising water levels and the measures that have been taken.
The starting point of our proposal is the space occupation of the Elbeinsel dike, which has changed dramatically over time. We place 500 years of dike evolvement in a continuous row of dike segments and blend them together into one closed dike ring, symbolizing the protected Elbe Island. This dike ring forms the basis of three spatial interventions. Each with a different scale (S-M-L) and all three positioned on a different location to emphasize the tidal experience in different ways and to provide specific social programmes on site. On each dike ring we apply a 'dike sin'. OSP Urbanelandschaften is a team of landscape architectects in Hamburg who wrote DEICHPARK, an extensive study on bringing togehter the needs of protection and of recreation. Hoe can we make dikes and dams accesible, thus using the full potentials the river Elbe, which now is hiddne for the largest part. De Urbanisten und Observatorium suggested the following possible impossibilities. We make a hole in the dike. The 100 meter wide dike ring (scale 1:1) is situated in a floodable outer dike Elbe landscape. The ring creates a impressive inner space. The hole in the dike creates an unique tidal experience and features a small 'safe' room to stay and to enjoy the landscape.