slawik architekten: IBA dock in hamburg slawik architekten: IBA dock in hamburg
oct 16, 2012

slawik architekten: IBA dock in hamburg

‘IBA dock’ by slawik architekten, hamburg, germany image © rüdiger mosler all images courtesy of slawik architekten

floating on the elbe river in hamburg, the ‘IBA dock’ by german firm slawik architekten is an office and exhibition building that prepares for the elevating water levels caused by global warming. with ocean and groundwater levels rising, the waterways will be pressured to absorb more water, inundating historical city centers and monuments. floating structures for settlement or expansions near water can adjust to the changing levels, offering a more sustainable strategy than the overused solution of dikes. currently the largest in germany, this structure is built upon a 43 meter long and 25 meter wide concrete pontoon to navigate 3.5 meter tides.

three storeys of modular steel frames are assembled on top of the floating foundation. the modules may be disassembled for transport or to rearrange the form to pass bridges. visitors access the top deck through a pedestrian access connected to land. the sun’s energy is captured with rooftop photovoltaic panels and supplies energy to the heat pumps which use the water below.

view from river image © rüdiger mosler

view from river image © rüdiger mosler

view from embankment image © rüdiger mosler

exhibition area image © rüdiger mosler

exhibition area image © rüdiger mosler

exhibition area image © IBA hamburg gmbh/johannes arlt

cafeteria image © rüdiger mosler

office area with yellow sanitation box image © IBA hamburg gmbh/johannes arlt

during assembly image © rüdiger mosler

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

floor plan / level 3





project info:

project name: IBA dock    building task: construction of a floating exhibition and office building project location: am zollhafen 12, 20539 hamburg / germany completion: 2010  (jun 2009 – jan 2010 development and expansion of building) pontoon area: 1.075 m² draft: 2,30 m wall thickness: d=20 cm dimension: 43,00 m x 25,00 m x  high 3,05 m    max. persons: 1.600 weight: 1.700 to useful area:  1.623 m² floor area: 1.835 m² building volume: 5.492 m² (without pontoon) dimension building: 33,50m x 18,00m x high 9,80m floors: 3 modules: 36 (ca. 60-fuss= 18m long) weight: 560 to building costs: 8.000.000 EUR    construction/material pontoon: water-impermeable concrete
 construction/material building: steel frame modules with fillings (ceiling, walls and floors), insulated facade of fiber cement panels

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