In the heart of Hamburg, opposite the highly frequented Landungsbrücken, lies Dock 10, a floating dock belonging to the Lürssen shipyard Blohm+Voss. In the course of a structural engineering workshop, Werner Sobek designed a translucent membrane roofing for this structure. This new roofing makes Dock 10 the largest covered floating dock in Europe. Under the protection of the textile cover, new construction and repairs of ships can be carried out more independently of the weather and with a high proportion of natural daylight.
Largest Covered Floating Dock in Europe
Inspired by the maritime tradition of the site, the design combines the efficiency of lightweight constructions with the aesthetics of materials typical for shipbuilding. Opaque, slightly translucent textile surfaces, reminiscent of sails, span between the alternately inward and outward facing lattice girders of the longitudinal facades.
“Shop Window” Offers Insight into the Work
On the north facade, the textile surfaces are not only translucent, but partly transparent. Viewers on the opposite bank of the Elbe thus get a glimpse of the work in the dock as if through a shop window. The lightness of the facades is enhanced by the contrast with the lower part of the floating dock and the shadow gap in between.
Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany
2019 − 2020
Services by Werner Sobek
(WP 2 − 7 according to HOAI)
Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH Co. KG, Bremen/Germany
Bernadette Grimmenstein, Hamburg/Germany