Ahoi Heimatmole

Neighbourhood in a building community
(completion 2024)

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

“We do not build for ourselves. We build for people, with people and for the city.”

In the condensed HafenCity, developers come together who want to combine living and freelance work in one house. The heart of the building is located in the entrance area: the Heimatclub is the address and place for communal activities. Greenery can be found as a garden on the roof, and in between, in a prime location, the staircase as a stage with green balconies. Usage-neutral floor plans allow for the most diverse forms of living, which are supplemented with temporarily usable switch rooms between two flats each, managed by the community.

Leaving behind the functional separation of modernity once and for all and being able to experience living, working and leisure in one place and in one building is the opportunity in the development of this building.

The central location of Baakenhafen, the density and the desired leisure quality are complemented by the switch rooms with home offices, the home club and the communal usable roof garden. In this sense, we have assigned the greenery directly to the open areas of the flats as added value and thus achieved a quality of use: the atmosphere of a green room, a garden on the floor, as sun protection, as wind protection, as a utility garden and as a clear design feature of the building that has a community-building effect.

Thus the green is a direct added value for the residents of the HafenMole building community, for living and as a point of identification: for the residents’ self-image and pride in their work and house. The connection of address, home club, the stage of the staircase and the roof garden are part of the commons, the flats part of privacy.

Foto: Hartmut Nägele
Photo: Hartmut Nägele


Address, layout structure, green and control rooms

The home club simultaneously forms the address and is a room to come home to and linger in. The location of the stairway in the courtyard forms a passageway and second entrance, which means that the club has an everyday function but can also be used alone and separated from the rest of the building for fire protection reasons. The staircase is a communal stage with a green room before it via which flats can also be entered, and enabling direct access to the green room through the control rooms.

The control rooms are on the east side together with the individual rooms of the flats, and thus develop a great flexibility together with the central bathing area. For use in connection with the flats and also as an independent unit.

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Photo: Hartmut Nägele

Project data


Baakenhafen, Hamburg


Planungsgemeinschaft Heimatmole GbR c/o Kiezkompanie Hamburg Part GmbH, Hamburg


Invited, high-rise design competition, 1st prize, 2017

Together with Burger Landschaftsarchitekten und IB Hausladen


Area: Gross floor space 2,500 m², 16 residential units, living space 1,930 m², common room 25 m²

Construction period

start in 2019

competition team

Maria-Magdalena Renker, Simone Schiller

project team

Johanna Lölhöffel (project manager), Maria-Magdalena Renker

Level 0

Level 1




Fassadengebundene Begrünung

Bodengebundene Fassadenbegrünung