The firm’s partners, Karin Renner, Rolf Hainke, Stefan Wirth and Melanie Zirn devised a challenge that took us to Hamburg. The task they came up with was to design a public lounge on the water in Hamburg.
Architects Kawahara Tatsuya and Ellen Kristina Krause offer an extensive design that encompasses a host of relaxation modes in an aquatic setting:
“For this fictitious task, we rolled our carpet right across the River Alster, so as to enable the public to spend time on and at one of the loveliest locations the city has to offer. The design allows for exploration of an otherwise almost inaccessible vast urban space, reveals new perspectives on Hamburg’s skyline, and enables visitors to experience the vastness of the very heart of Hamburg.
Carpeted "lounge pontoons" scattered on both banks of the Alster can be combined to form islands in various constellations. They temporarily abut each other and thus enable users to shuttle back and forth between the east and west banks of the Alster – which in turn creates a shortcut across the river that would otherwise not be possible. The staggered edges of the pontoons create abundant seating right on the water.”
We find it incredibly exciting to see how Kawahra Krause solved this problem and how their design creates a harmonious interplay between landscape, aesthetic, and functional elements – while at the same time integrating textiles.