In Hamburg-Uhlenhorst, 24 townhouses are being built between the green belt and the city as part of a joint building venture. Following the designs of Hamburg-based Kraus Schönberg Architects, DFZ Architects and APB, as well as Adam Khan Architects of London, the project involves eleven single-family townhouses and thirteen townhouses consisting of two stacked maisonette apartments. Working closely with the building contractors, twelve different types of houses were developed which together form a colourful row. All houses contain three storeys and a staggered storey, each with its own unique appearance due to the use of different facade bricks for each house. For two of its seven designed townhouses, DFZ produced a specially designed ‘double-brick’, a brick which has been broken in the middle and laid with its broken edge facing outwards. In addition to their individual appearances, all townhouses have their own different floor plans, especially adapted to fit the needs of the residents. Of the seven townhouses built by DFZ, three are designed as single-family dwellings providing living space over four levels and comprising of five rooms, an open kitchen living room, roof terrace and garden terrace. The other four houses contain two duplex apartments, each with private entrances as well as a roof terrace or garden. In all seven of the plus energy designed townhouses (with block heat and power station and photovoltaic system), projecting doorways, a typical characteristic of Hamburg townhouses, are featured with one or sometimes two storeys. Large, mostly floor-to-ceiling metal windows ensure optimum lighting in all rooms.
Size: approx. 120-200 m2 living space
Services: LPH 1-5
Client: Baugemeinschaft Finken und Uhlen GbR
BDA Hamburg Prize for Architecture 2020, 2nd Prize
Photos: Hagen Stier, Hamburg