In the context of the revitalisation of the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), the adjacent park area was expanded and partly redesigned. Marseiller Promenade between “Planten und Blomen” and the “Old Botanical garden” adjoining Dag-Hammarskjöld-Platz, near the Dammtor railway station, involved the removal of a 6-metre-high supporting wall. This enabled an unobstructed view of the Old Botanical Garden, thus transforming the square into a new antechamber of the park.
The newly created zone establishes a connection between the railway station and the congress centre, while fitting in naturally and unpretentiously with the historic park. It creates various possible lines of sight and joins the existing elements together, creating a splendid ensemble.
An excerpt from the competition jury report sums it up elegantly (09/12/2015):
“This design treats the creative diversity of the two listed park sections with very prudent, modest humility. In terms of urban planning, this conceptual approach is highly convincing due to its simplicity and clarity. The design manages to connect the parks and the adjoining squares with a few simple gestures.”
Landscape Architecture: POLA
Design year: 2015 – 2021
Year Built: 2022
Photographer: Hanns Joosten