Altona is soccer! – Competition Area Waidmannstrasse Hamburg

“Altona is soccer!” – the motto of Hamburg’s traditional club Altona 93 hangs on a black-and-white-red banner above the fan block at the Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn. An architectural and open-space planning competition has now paved the way for this to remain true after 2026, when the club – a DFB Cup semifinalist in 1955 and 1964 – will have to give up its current venue.
The former ThyssenKrupp property on Waidmannstrasse is directly opposite the planned long-distance and regional train station at Diebsteich. The competition collected ideas and concepts for the development of a sustainable and future-oriented quarter for work, culture and sports. A soccer stadium, a music hall for approximately 5,000 spectators, office space and supplementary district-related uses such as a daycare center, retail and gastronomy form the most important elements of the large-scale project.

The design by the team of architects Venus (Hamburg), :mlzd (Berlin) and GREENBOX (Cologne) – drawn up in cooperation with the structural and facade planners from Lüchinger+Meyer – was awarded with the 3rd prize. We are very happy about this great success in the top-class procedure!
The main focus of the structural design was on the new stadium building as well as the music hall, which uses the valuable steel structure of the existing building.


The spectator stands of the stadium are located throughout under the surrounding three-story office building. The primary structure of the building is a steel frame structure, which on the one hand allows the cantilevers towards the playing field and in the stadium corners, and on the other hand ensures efficient load transfer even for high loads ( plants). On the second floor, there is a load-distributing beam grid consisting of a floor-to-ceiling transverse truss and a slender “Vierendeel” beam along the facades. This grid is generously supported by a pair of columns every 16m. In the two floors above, which are partially recessed, the steel structure is continued as an actual frame building. All ceilings that span in the transverse direction of the building are designed as wood-concrete composite ceilings (wood stack ceilings).
The layered stadium and shell organization is accentuated in the design of the building facades. The facade structures are designed with recycled materials with a high degree of system and component separation matched to the various life cycles.

Between January 13 and 29, 2023, everyday between 12 and 7 p.m., the architectural designs of the competition for the redevelopment of the “ThyssenKrupp” property will be on display in the Jupiter building (former Karstadt Sport building) at Mönckebergstraße 2-4.

(Visualisations: Ponnie)