Bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, Hamburg

Games in the harbour


On the occasion of the city of Hamburg’s application for the hosting of the Olympic Games in 2012, a draft design was conceived, in collaboration with Gerkan, Marg und Partner, at the water’s edge, with all the sports venues in a radius of 10 km. An Olympic Games of short distances and a particularly important signal of Hamburg’s urban development: the urban development and landscape leap across the Elbe river towards Veddel, Wilhelmsburg and Harburg.

Unfortunately, London won the Olympic contest however in Hamburg the dream of becoming a sports venue is by no means over. The city is currently “open-endedly” evaluating the possibility of an application to host the summer Olympics 2024 or 2028.


Hamburg für Olympia GmbH, Hamburg

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Exhibitions & leisure




WES & Partner


gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner Generalplanungsgesellschaft, Hamburg
IGS Development GmbH, Harbke

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