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Motel One Hamburg-Alster

Steindamm 96-106
Hamburg Germany

Construction Dates
Floor Count21
Floor Area58,900 m²
Units / Rooms464
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - hotel
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - modern
 - glass
 - steel
 - stone
 - aluminium
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof230 ft

• Architect: Bernd Leusmann.

• History: The demolition of the former DAK house in the square of Saint Georg had begun. At 11.40 o'clock district, leader Markus Schreiber (SPD), sat down personally in a Longfront-hydraulic excavator and gave thus the start signal for the demolition work of the so-called horror house. Saint Georg accommodation manager Wolfgang Schüler had waited for long time this moment already for many years:" This is an unforgettable day for the whole part of town, finally, this eyesore." disappears. As reported, the ailing complex of buildings stood empty on the about 8000m² property for more than ten years. The real estate neglected from year to year more and became the place of residence of prostitutes, homeless and drug dependent. Sad climax: In 2001 a prostitute was murdered in the building. Only the forced sale of the real estate in December, 2006 let politician and citizen again hope. The Quantum Immobilien AG acquired the former DAK house for 15 million euros and now wants to invest about 150 million euros in a cultivation of the area. The 20-storey hotel tower with 464 rooms will be enormously. Tenant of the building is the hotel chain Motel One which already has 17 houses in Germany. In an other building should originate on about 24000m² of office. The facade of the office building will provide with tapes from bright clinker brick, glass surfaces and metal-dressed up elements. Moreover, the construction is planned on the property by 63 flats. Then in the beginning of 2010 the new building ensemble should be initiated. The old complex of buildings should have broken off till December of 2008. The building was already completely cored. Before it mountain-wise garbage from the house had to be created, the uninvited guests for years leave had.

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