The Buildings and Residences of the Jenfelder Au

The renovation of the former Lettow-Vorbeck Barracks in Jenfeld to a livable neighborhood is the most important residential project in the district of Wandsbek.

The development plan of Jenfelder Au originates from a concept created in the Rotterdam offices of West 8. This Dutch firm had the winning design concept for an urban and landscape design competition in 2006. The design plans of the West 8 office demonstrate impressive urban planning solutions which deal with new standards for water and energy. In addition to the idea of waterfront living, ensembles of urban townhouse types were created to be combined in various manners to unify the neighborhood. The Wandsbek district office developed the guidelines for the design. These guidelines were to ensure that a vibrant, diverse and architecturally sophisticated neighborhood could be achieved. The neighborhood should not only contain housing, but also allow for approximately 20 percent of the area to be used for businesses. Yet another 20 percent of the space was earmarked for green spaces and water elements. A few designated buildings from 1934-35 and the parade ground from the former Lettow-Vorbeck Barracks are to be preserved as landmarks.

The new neighborhood Jenfelder Au is constructed on a historical site. The Lettow-Vorbeck Barracks were built in 1934/35 together with the Von-Estorff Barracks. Kelloggstraße separated the two sites, until the merger of the two barracks occurred in 1934 and 1935. As a result of a federal reorganization of military bases, the barracks were closed in 1998. For the district, this initially represented a significant void. It became quickly apparent however, that the situation represented an incredible opportunity for a new development.

The Jenfelder Au bridges the gap between the districts Jenfeld, Tonna and Hohenhorst. As a less compact area with and ample public spaces it fits the ideal conditions to be Jenfeld’s new center.

To attract future tenants to the Jenfeld neighborhood, interested citizens and key local stakeholders, such as the city district conference committee, have been involved in the planning process from the beginning. For example, the name Jenfelder Au was determined in a Hamburg-wide competition.

Construction progress since 2013

In the first construction phase, the black and greywater pipes in Jenfelder Au were built. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in the autumn of 2013, at which Hamburg's Environment Senator Jutta Blankau, HAMBURG WASSER Managing Director Michael Beckereit and representatives of the funding agencies celebrated the start of construction work. The pipeline construction for over 3400 m of blackwater vacuum pipelines and 2900 m of greywater gradient pipelines was completed as part of the development of the entire area in 2016.

The pumping stations for grey and blackwater also belong to this group. The blackwater pumping station is located at the local depot of HAMBURG WASSER in the Jenfelder Au and with its pumps and tanks always ensures sufficient vacuum in the blackwater network. The most important events and moments for the construction of the vacuum station are recorded in the following video.

The separate drainage network of black and greywater in the HAMBURG WATER Cycle® has been completely constructed since autumn 2016 and has been officially commissioned. Since then, HAMBURG WASSER has ensured safe drainage for residents of the HAMBURG WATER Cycle® in Jenfelder Au. HAMBURG WASSER has filmed important moments at the start of operation, such as the function test and the first house connection opening and shows them in the following video.

In the spring of 2017, the first residents moved into their apartments in Jenfelder Au - and more and more buildings are in the construction phase. Gradually more and more people will move into the Jenfelder Au to enjoy life by the water. When fully expanded, 835 residential units will be connected to the HAMBURG WATER Cycle® and over 2000 people will find a new home here.

HAMBURG WASSER documents the milestones in construction in Jenfelder Au with the support of EU Life+ funding.