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Old Harbour Quarter

Marcuskaje, Germany

Bremen’s Überseestadt area represents one of the city’s most significant endeavours in urban planning. Now, the Marcuskaje project has written a new chapter in the history of this area.
Created on the basis of plans drawn up by architectural firm Hilmes Lamprecht Architekten BDA, the development provides 250 residential units, 150 of which are publicly subsidised. It is made up of four building structures containing either six or seven floors, with everything in an open design centred around a courtyard of green space. The white and grey-beige brick-look façades, with their cantilevered balconies and elegantly detailed openings, lend the buildings a distinctive appearance. Each of the units has been equipped for disability needs and in line with the German KfW 70 energy standard.
The process of designing the façades and their range of joint patterns incorporated Original Meldorfer® flat facing bricks – measuring just 4 to 6 millimetres thick, they presented a cost-effective alternative to the solid ceramic brick used on conventional façade structures, and made it possible to save both time and costs in the course of bonding them to the façade insulation system.