New routes to the Harburg Schloßinsel
Creating a bridge to Harburg’s Schloßinsel
Creating a Bridge to Harburg's Schlossinsel
Harburg Inland Port will have a new layout of open spaces and interlinking footpaths. Part of this network will be formed by the new bridge to Harburg's Schlossinsel, via three projects. Two newly designed squares - Kanalplatz and Lotseplatz - and a bridge across Lotsekanal are being built on a 1.4 hectare site within Harburg Inland Port. The bridge will link the Schlossinsel to southwestern Harburg and provide a new and attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists.
Historical Atmosphere at Kanalplatz
Kanalplatz has been redesigned as a multi-purpose square for events and activities like markets, taking its historical significance into consideration. As such, it can now act as a venue for gatherings such as Harburg's Binnenhafenfest. This reconfiguration, planned by LohausCarl Landschaftsarchitektur, from Hannover, and Petersen pörksen partner, from Lübeck, requires only minor building work, though these slight changes do give the area a completely new feel.
The old office building that was once the headquarters of Harburg's cultural institute and the cobblestones of the waterside promenade preserve the history-steeped atmosphere of the square, and are being positioned at centre stage once again by the new changes. Concrete steps have been constructed at the eastern end of Kanalplatz, separating the square from the street and inviting visitors to linger and enjoy the view of the water and the surrounding buildings. From here, visitors can see the new bridge linking Kanalplatz with the recently designed Lotsekaipromenade.
The New Bridge
The tender for the swing bridge over the pilot channel designed by Winking Froh Architects in collaboration with the engineering firm GRASSL GmbH had to be withdrawn for cost reasons. Initially it was planned to inaugurate for the presentation year of the International Building Exhibition IBA 2013. Since spring 2016 the bridge now connects the Lotse- and Kanalplatz.
Strolling along the Lotsekai
The project planned for the Lotsekaipromenade and the Lotseplatz, devised by the landscape architects club L94, were completed in May 2013. Historical traces were preserved in the new design of this site on the Schlossinsel - the cobblestones and old railway tracks remain visible. Moveable deckchairs are available for visitors, allowing them to position themselves along the old rails.
The atmosphere of the old harbour is almost palpable when you are strolling along the Lotsepromenade. The new Lotseplatz lies about halfway along the route. This area is notable in particular for the long wooden bench that runs right across the square, providing a clear structure and a number of potential uses.
• Summer 2012: completion of Kanalplatz
• Autumn 2012: work begins on the new design for Lotsekai and Lotseplatz
• May 2013: completion of the Lotsekai
Architectural and engineering design of the bridge
to be announced
Landscape Architecture Kanalplatz
Petersen pörksen partner architekten und stadtplaner
Landscape Architecture Lotsekai / Lotseplatz
raumwerk Gesellschaft für Architektur und Stadtplanung mbH
club L94 Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH