Germany, Hamburg 

Hamburg Airport, Terminal 2


Competition 1986 – 1st Prize
Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Karsten Brauer
Project team Ahmet Alkuru, Thomas Bieling, Renata Dipper, Rüdiger Franke, Sabine von Gerkan, Jürgen Hillmer, Klaus Hoyer, Berthold Kiel, Christian Kleine, Franz Merkel, Marion Mews, Christiane Pontow, Georg Ritschl, Thomas Rinne, Uwe Schümann, Christel Timm-Schwarz, Uwe Welp, Peter Autzen, Kerstin Bode, Karl-Heinz Follert, Tilman Fulda, Winfried Gust, Torsten Hinz, Eunice Jenye, Christian Kleiner, Hans-Hermann Krafft, Sabine Müller, Damir Perisic, Sabrina Pieper, Gisela Rhone-Venzke, Anette Seelemann, Gisbert von Stülpnagel, Wolf Tegge, Evgenia Werner
Structural engineers ARGE Kockjoy - Schwarz + Dr. Weber
Light planning Lichtplanungsbüro Andres
Mechanical services Ridder-Meyn; Schmidt Reuter; Heermann-Sadowsky + Partner
Project management Drees + Sommer
Client Flughafen Hamburg GmbH
Construction period 1990–1993
Volume 430,103 m³ 



Bernadette Grimmenstein

Christoph Gebler

Heiner Leiska

Klaus Frahm

Michael Penner



Hamburg Airport, Terminal 1
Multi-Storey Parking Rotunda, Hamburg Airport

The linking “back-bone” of the complex is the aircraft docking zone. This swings to the west at the northern end: to preserve the charter hall, to allow for a later extension to the east for three new additional buildings, to “gather in” the end of the long asymmetrical block on the landing side.

The building blocks placed across form structural intervals, ensuring that the various architectural elements have a common framework. This gives them an urban planning concept without predetermining their future development.
The terminal 2 is designed as a spacious and naturally lit hall. The large curving roof contains the departure hall with its stacked shopping, meeting, as well as restaurant and visitor levels into one spatial unit.

The form and construction of the roof is based on an aircraft wing. This dynamically formed steel construction stands in deliberate contrast to the monolithic building blocks. The roof covers an area of 74 by 101 m with seven triangular roof trusses. The roof construction is light and economic in spite of its span of 62 m. Roof lights provide the required day-lighting into the hall and allow the structure to be viewed lit from behind. The steelwork remains painted and visible, showing the full architectural quality of the structure.