ASTOC Architects and Planners / HPP Architects

Publication series "Consortium": ASTOC Architects and Planners / HPP Architects

The leader of the consortium is German architectural bureau ASTOC Architects and Planners, and other consortium participants are HPP Arhitects (Germany); DS–PLAN (Germany); KLA KIPARLANDSCHAFTSARCHITEKTEN GMBH (Germany); SCH?SSLER–PLAN INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT MBH (Germany); PROSPERITY PROJECT MANAGEMENT(UK).

ASTOC Architects and Planners

ASTOC Architects and Planners have been based in Cologne for about 20 years and have been creating urban design and architectural projects in Germany and other European countries. Numerous awards and commendations confirm all-round competence and emphasise the high quality of work.

Many of their urban design projects have attracted a great deal of interest, at home and internationally. One example is HafenCity currently the largest inner-city urban design project in Europe. Another notable project by ASTOC Architects and Planners is the "Emscher Future" masterplan, which seeks to create a wide-acting force for change to transform the structure and landscape of the Ruhrgebiet (Germany), the urban agglomeration of the historic industrial Ruhr valley.

In the field of architecture, ASTOC Architects and Planners undertake residential projects involving, for example, incorporation of loft apartments into a listed industrial building, a whole new residential settlement and exclusive homes in high-rise developments. Company’s commercial buildings include prestigious and sustainable office blocks as well as retail and mixed-use properties. Facilities to provide the essential infrastructure of urban life, such as a pumping works and a railway station for local and national travel, have been particularly remarkable projects.

Master plan Hafencity (in process of implementation)

Hamburg’s HafenCity currently represents Europe’s largest inner-city redevelopment project. The new urban district, with a total area of around 150 hectares, is surrounded by river and canal channels on all sides. By the middle of the 2020s it is envisaged to provide new residential space for up to 12,000 people, as well as create 40,000 new jobs.

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At the beginning of the 1990s Hamburg docks, then almost 100 years old, became unsuitable for handling large, modern ships. Extension of port facilities including new container terminal focused on increasing capacity in the western part of the city. The defunct port’s area prime inner-city location meant that a unique opportunity for new urban development had opened up. Following an urban master-planning competition, the reconstruction concept together with the master-plan for the conversion of the port district and extension of the inner city of Hamburg to this location was published in 2000. A total of eleven district sectors outlined in the original master-plan are to be successively realized from west to east and from north to south.

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The Sandtorkai is the first district to be realized, consisting of five residential and three office buildings, the ship harbor and a promenade below the cantilevered buildings. The Kaiserkai is the second realized district located on the headland. What makes this district special is its urban density, diverse architecture, the promenades and squares by the water, as well as the new building of Elbphilharmonie. It is a new concert hall. The glass structure is built upon the massive red brick construction of the former warehouse known as the Kaispeicher A and rises up to a height of 110 metres. The heart of the Elbphilharmonie, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is the Grand Hall - a world-class concert hall with a seating capacity for 2,150 guests and a height of 50m, which will provide a spectacular stage for Hamburg's vibrant music scene and for stars from all over the world. Two smaller concert halls can be found in the Elbphilharmonie along with a hotel, a restaurant, 45 residential flats and a plaza with a 360° panorama view which is open to the public.??

Am Sandtorpark/Grasbrook is the second large neighborhood which is characterized by mixed-use developments that include large office buildings, residential buildings and a school.

The neighboring overseas district (?berseequartier) at the Magdeburg Port is being developed along the seaside boulevard which crosses the quarter from north to south. The fourteen buildings lining the boulevard house retail businesses and restaurants, both on the first and second floors. The northern part is dedicated to apartments while the southern part to offices. A cruise terminal, a hotel, the Waterfront Towers, the Science Center, and the new metro line are the main attractions of this district.

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The HafenCity is becoming a lively urban quarter with apartments, shops, parks, promenades, offices, nursery schools, and recreational as well as tourism facilities. The design of the team ASTOC, impresses on account of its wide range of urban planning typologies, permitting diverse urban quarters and a phased implementation. The HafenCity opens up towards the warehouse district, allowing for excellent interlinkages between the old and the new city, and offering attractive new living spaces by the inner harbor and the Elbe River.

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D-Berlin masterplan Europacity

ASTOC won a master-plan competition for a site close to Berlin’s central station. Their design envisages a town harbor on the site, which is located between Invalidenstrasse, Perleberger Bridge, mainline railway tracks, and the Spandauer navigation channel. Planned to become the focus of a new metropolitan quarter, it will house an art campus, a marina, restaurants, apartments, and offices. The inner-city site lies close to one of Europe’s most important traffic hubs. In spite of achieving high urban density levels, the design offers plenty of public space and an inviting riverside promenade up to thirty meters wide. 

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Buildings of greater height are located in the office quarters. New commercial buildings situated along a railway line are to shield the residential buildings from traffic noise. In order to preserve the site’s special atmosphere, the old shipping company halls are to be converted to galleries.

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ASTOC’s approach was based on the self-image of the city as a whole and not just on the location itself. Berlin is currently rediscovering its waterfronts. The new town harbor will become a magnet of the quarter. The architects want to promptly redesign the highway-like Heidestrasse, intending to create a “clear and precise urban space” all around the harbor, which may also be experienced from the eastern promenade along the navigation canal. In contrast to the HafenCity in Hamburg, the planning in this example from Berlin is almost entirely determined by non-urban plot owners. The design has to take care not to lose sight of the inherent contexts.

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HPP Architects

HPP is one of Germany’s most successful architectural partnerships, the company was formed 75 years ago by Helmut Hentrich and is currently led by the 4th generation of architects HPP Hentrich-Petschnigg & Partner GmbH + Co. With the headquarter in Dusseldorf and some offices in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Shanghai und Sofia, the HPP group is an international player in town planning, architecture and interior design.

HPP produce buildings of every size and type. They particularly specialise in the design of office and administrative buildings, shopping centers, sports facilities, residential buildings, healthcare buildings, hotels, leisure and transport facilities. The company’s output maybe thrusting, conceptual, and modern, but the practice is rooted in tradition. 

With award-winning projects like the office building Dreischeibenhaus in D?sseldorf (1960), the renovation of the main train station in Leipzig (1997), football stadium AufSchalke Arena (2001), and the parking garage clad in bamboo at the Leipzig Zoo (2004). HPP Hentrich-Petschnigg & Partners have influenced architecture in Germany for more than seventy years.

New Ruhr West University in M?lheim an der Ruhr, Getrmany (on-going)

The HPP/ ASTOC joint venture has been awarded the contract to build the new Ruhr West University in M?lheim an der Ruhr.



The brief of the competition was to design a highly attractive urban university campus with its own distinctive identity and a high level of flexibility of use. The resulting campus ensemble sits well in the urban setting and consists of eight separate structures: four faculty buildings, three specialist buildings and a multi-storey car park. The central theme of the design is Unity and Diversity, which is played out over the facades of the individual buildings and becomes the very image of the campus itself. The layout of the public spaces will improve and revitalise the surrounding townscape.


Master Planning of Financial District Taizhou

Taizhou - Chinese city - with a population of 6 million to the northwest of?Shanghai, is to have a new Financial and Banking Centre. HPP are to design a new, dynamic and sustainable development of just under 470,000 square metres of gross built area on a site measuring 11.5 hectares.?The new Financial District will be arranged along?a treed boulevard running centrally North to South through the development area, which will function as a visual axis linking it to the Government buildings in the north and thereby also defining the orientation of the individual buildings. Based on the European?principles of neighbourhood development, these individual buildings present as homogenous structures with natural stone facades and are of varying heights. Two 47-storey towers face the site, thus forming the entrance and in this way mark the transition from the old town to the?new urban development of Taizhou.




DS-Plan is an independent consultancy and planning company offering a wide range of expertise that makes a building more comfortable. DS-Plan specializes in energy, building technology, and facility management. The company is a subsidiary of the Drees & Sommer Group, the German market leader in project management.


Sch??ler-Plan is an owner-operated international engineering company with approximately 560 employees, offices in 20 locations and more than 50 years’ experience. It is one of the leading consultancies when it comes to complex engineering projects and design provision, consulting, project monitoring, and project management services.

Many of the projects executed by the engineers of the Sch??ler-Plan Group define the cityscape, whether these be high-rise buildings or road and rail development projects. Amongst current infrastructural projects are a number closely tied to some of D?sseldorf’s more significant developments such as the K?-Bogen and the Wehrhahn Underground Line.

Qingdao Traffic Business District Core Area and Surroundings of High-Speed Railway Station (in progress)

An important region in Eastern China, Shandong Province has seen substantial change in its economic landscape in recent years. Much of this development has been concentrated in Qingdao, where the municipal and provincial governments decided to build a new transport hub in Licang district. The design includes the master plan of the surrounding area (2km2) and Surroundings of High-Speed Railway Station.

The new railway station with special areas for local, regional and fast speed busses connects the subway lines as a traffic hub with short distances Sch??ler-Plan developed the networks for motorized traffic, bikes, pedestrians and public transport within the planning area.

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