The Office Quarter of the Modern Age
The Kontorhausviertel, located between Meßberg and Steinstraße, is one of the most impressive urban quarters of the 1920s in Germany.
The Kontorhaus district adjacent to Speicherstadt is a contiguous, densely built-up area characterised by large office complexes built between the 1920s and 1950s to accommodate companies with port-related activities. Together, these neighboring neighborhoods form an excellent example of a combined warehouse and office district connected to a port city.
Anchored by the iconic Chile House, the large office buildings of the Kontorhaus district are characterized by their early modernist brick architecture and the unity of their function.
Chilehaus, Messberghof, Sprinkenhof, Mohlenhof, Montanhof, the former post office building at Niedernstraße 10, Kontorhaus Burchardstraße 19-21 and Miramar-Haus document the architectural and urban development concepts that emerged in the early 20th century.
While the office building architecture of the 1920s and 1930s was still internationally characterised by the Beaux-Arts style or other historicising forms, the office buildings of the Hamburg Kontorhaus District already had modern clinker brick facades in expressionist and functional architectural forms.
The Development of the Kontorhaus District
From the first building in the Kontorhaus quarter to the post-war period.