The shopping center Hanse-Viertel is centrally located between City Hall and the “Gänsemarkt".
In contrast to the trendy shopping mall structures in Germany prevalent at the time, the architects from“ gmp: Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner” sought to develop a classic 19th-century style shopping passage from the very beginning, in order to preserve the existing structure of the city and to create an open, animated area.
Design: Volkwin Marg, 1974
Partners: Klaus Staratzke, Rolf Niedballa
Client: Allianz Lebensversicherungs AG
Construction period: 1978–1980
Gross floor area: 27,300 m² (http://www.gmp-architekten.com/start.html)
The aim of the architects was to create a “passage": to be used as a short cut, but simultaneously as an attractive walkway without background music and obtrusive advertisements.
At a total of around 250 metres in length the Hanse-Viertel was the longest passage in Europe when it was completed (November 8, 1980) and quickly developed into a popular pedestrian and shopping location.
The interior is impressive, bright, exudes warmth and is alone worth a visit. In here, you will get a good impression about what “hanseatic" means.
Paintings on the walls, chimes, lobster and especially a large selection of mostly small, but more exquisite shops and boutiques await you here- no matter you are looking for designer jewelry, literature, evening wear, lingerie or even a pretty collar for the dog.
In tune to the exterior façades and the existing neighbouring buildings, the floors and walls in the interior are constructed from locally used brick. Domes and brick columns dominate the interior effect.
Brasserie Pedrosa is located underneath the beautiful dome.