The idyllic piece of land on the Alster lake in the exclusive district of Harvestehude was a challenge for the developers FRANKONIA Eurobau AG and the architects. When developing this unique location it was essential to be in keeping with the superior buildings in the neighbourhood.
Through a multi-level competition a unique team of architect firms of international renown was acquired comprising of: kister scheithauer gross, Markovic Ronai Voss, Petzinka Pink and Kahlfeldt. Together, their outstanding work is characterised by high quality planning and craftsmanship throughout as well as consistent attention to fine details.
It was the explicit wish of the developers Frankonia to involve different firms of architects in the planning of the individual houses and the development has gained a lively diversity and architectural individuality thanks to the different signature styles of the architects. This masterly interpretation of the classical architecture of Harvestehude is a lively, and contemporary homage to the history of Hamburg.
Town planning composition
Sophienterrassen was built on a gentle hill graced with a stock of old trees between Mittelweg and Harvestehuder Weg. The central town planning idea for Sophienterrassen is a series of connected squares surrounded by the houses of the quarter. The green "Platz im Westen" (West Square) – surrounded by the villa "Sophie" and the business complex Campus on Mittelweg – connects to the "Platz der Harmonie" (Harmony Square) with a central fountain bordered by elegant town houses. In the middle of the quarter the long "Square" is connected by a footpath to "Sophienplatz", a tranquil square shaded by old trees with town houses and the Alster Villas grouped around it.
Architectural language and aesthetic
Under the guidance of Hamburg architect Mirjana Markovic a master plan for the quarter was developed that was based on the most beautiful buildings in Harvestehude: their facades, the small details, and harmonious proportions – the architectural language of the confident, wealthy and involved bourgeoisie who have shaped Hamburg for over 200 years. This language is the thread that runs through Sophienterrassen.