Dock 10

Dock 10, a floating dock of the Lürssen shipyard Blohm+Voss, is located in the heart of Hamburg, opposite the highly frequented landing stages. In the course of a structural workshop process, Werner Sobek designed a translucent membrane roofing for this structure. The new roofing makes Dock 10 the largest covered floating dock in Europe. Under the protection of the textile hull, new buildings and repairs of ships can be carried out more independently of the weather and with a high proportion of natural daylight.

Inspired by the maritime tradition of the location, the design combines the efficiency of lightweight constructions with the aesthetics of materials that are typical for shipbuilding. Opaque, slightly translucent textile surfaces, reminiscent of sails, are stretched between the alternating inward and outwardly oriented truss girders of the longitudinal facades. On the northern façade, the textile surfaces are not only translucent, but also partly transparent. Viewers on the opposite bank of the Elbe can thus gain an insight into the work going on in the dock. The lightness of the facades is enhanced by the contrast with the lower part of the floating dock and the shadow gap between them.

Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany

Planning time
2019 − 2020

Construction time

Services by Werner Sobek
General planning
Structural engineering
(WP 2 − 7 according to HOAI)

13,000 m²

Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH  Co. KG, Bremen/Germany

Bernadette Grimmenstein, Hamburg/Germany

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