Elbtower and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany

HafenCity Elbtower

On the eastern tip of the futuristic HafenCity district, the construction of Hamburg’s tallest skyscraper is scheduled to commence in 2021.

Elbtower Hamburg

Once the Elbtower is inaugurated in 2025/26, it will be Hamburg’s highest building, with a total height of 235 metres (771 feet). Standing twice as tall as the Elbphilharmonie concert venue on the western tip of HafenCity, the easternmost structure of Hamburg’s youngest district will be reminiscent of a ship’s bow, protruding from the Elbe river.  

A gate to the world

The slim and elegant highrise will be located in between the Elbbrücken bridges, and will greet commuters using this busy access road or the inbound trains. The new Elbbrücken station in front of the tower will connect the ambitious building project with the rest of the city. The first U4 as well as S3 and S31 trains will stop there as early as 2018. Once the sculpture-like skyscraper has been commissioned, it will serve a variety of commercial purposes. Next to retail, entertainment and gastronomy areas on the lower floors, the tower will offer room for a hotel, a gym and coworking spaces. The upper floors will likely be occupied by office space. The centre of social life will be the sun-flooded atrium in the structure’s triangular base: thereby assisting the development of the surrounding Grasbrook and Billebogen areas. Construction of Hamburg’s newest landmark starts in 2021.


Concepts for the realisation and utilisation, as well as for the architectural approach have been ratified and the bidding process has been finalised. The international jury has agreed unanimously to the architectural concepts of David Chipperfield Architects and the realisation through the Austrian real estate company SIGNA Prime Selection AG. The monumental building will be financed by private entities and is designed to correspond well with Hamburg’s cityscape.