Havenwelten - Old/New Harbour Bremerhaven, DE

Havenwelten - Old/New Harbour Bremerhaven, DE

Re-structuring the historic harbour area between the Weser river and the city centre

In Bremerhaven, the Old and New Harbour has lost its former significance. The locks were closed and filled up, most of the buildings became useless and were demolished.
The spatial, ecological and technical renewal of these areas aims to re-connect the waterfront and the city centre and to become the core of a new town quarter – with residential and recreation areas of high quality, with public squares and promenades, a marina with boat yard and sports boat lock. Existing attractions will be combined with new touristic, entertainment and cultural facilities as well as with exhibition and trading zones: a complex structure, both town and landscape, building and open space, harbour and park.

The project follows the strategy of a metamorphosis out of traditional elements and refers to the existing urban pattern to guarantee a long-term use and development. It works with existing climatic conditions as a positive identity and aims at establishing a strong language of forms for manifold demands.

It works with surface materials common in the place, thus characterizing it with a continuous carpet of natural stone and taking into consideration modern, functional and aesthetic tasks.

Like inlays or stepping stones particular materials are marking special spots.


  • 2015 Green Good Design Award for Willy-Brandt-Place and Weser-Dyke
  • 2015 OLB Foundation Award for Willy-Brandt-Place and Weser-Dyke
  • 2010 IULA Int. Urban Landscape Award (special commendation)
  • 2009 National Award for Integrated Urban Development and Urban Culture “Stadt bauen – Stadt leben”
  • 2008 The International Architecture Award
  • 2007 Int. city.people.light award 2007 (special mention)
  • 2006 IIDA International Illumination Design Award of Merit

See partitial projects:
>> Havenwelten – Lloyd Square
>> Havenwelten – Willy-Brandt-Place and Weser-Dyke
>> Havenwelten – Quays and Mediterranean/Climate House/Hotel
>> Havenwelten – Lock and Lock Garden
>> Havenwelten – Lloyddock

Design and realization:
2001 – 2022
Project team:
Latz+Partner (master plan, design open spaces, street furniture and lighting), Latz Riehl Partner (construction management)
Illumination historic facades:
Pfarré Lighting Design
BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH
BEAN Bremerhavener Entwicklungsgesellschaft Alter/Neuer Hafen mbH & Co. KG
Total area:
20 hectares