Germany, Hamburg 

Hamburg Airport, Terminal 1


Competition 1986 – 1st Prize
Design Meinhard von Gerkan, Jürgen Hillmer and Karsten Brauer
Partner Jürgen Hillmer
Project management Nicolai Pix
Team Markus Helmin, Annett Ohm, Vita Römer, Radmilla Blagovcanin, Amra Sternberg, Dirk Tietgen, Maike Carlsen, Anne-Britt Springer, Susi Schlanze-Hünerbein, Jens Niemann, Ilse Gull, Claudia Weitemeier, Klaus Hoyer, Renata Dipper, Ralf Preuss, Thomas Damman, Peter Autzen, Detlef Krug, Thomas Stüwe, Stephan Berndt, Thomas Kühn, Stephan Schindler, Eduard Schneider
Structural engineers Hamburg Airport and Kockjoy + Partner und Weber · Poll
Light planning Lichtplanungsbüro Andres
Technical building equipment Ridder, Meyn, Nuckel
Client Flughafen Hamburg GmbH
Begin of planning December 1999
Construction period 2001–2005
Volume 375,000 m²



Michael Penner

Oliver Heissner



Hamburg Airport, Terminal 2
Multi-Storey Parking Rotunda, Hamburg Airport

With this construction the second part of the concept is being realized which was awarded the first prize in the architectural competition in 1986. In the 15 years that passed since the competition and the second construction phase, many things have changed especially regarding the functional-operative as well as economic requirements. The urban planning concept however, from the early planning stage proposing three terminals with a pier functioning as a linking "spine" of the overall complex, has proved viable over the long period.

The new buildings – Terminal 1 and the planned "Shopping Plaza" – continue the line of the existing Terminal 2, all together being designed to handle a passenger volume of approximately 13.5 million people.

Despite the clear span of 62 metres, the roof is an economical light-weight structure. The overall cross-section of the three-dimensional trussed girders successively adapts to the flexural loads and thus makes the best possible use of the individual steel tube cross-sections. The entire roof is a seamless, self-supporting shell that stands without any further bracing elements. In addition, it transmits part of the facade wind loads via its diagonal struts into the columns supporting it.

Glass skylights provide the halls with daylight and put the roof structure into relief against the bright light from above. In order to enhance the effect of the roof structure its steel parts are left exposed, but painted. A large semi-circular opening in the floor accommodates the escalators and a stairway and allows passengers arriving on the lower level to share in the impressive spatial experience of the departures hall.