HafenCity Metro

HafenCity Metro

I could try to make the claim that all of Hamburg's metro stations are this cool and futuristic but that just ain't so. The Hamburg metro system is over a hundred years old and, really, I mean this in a quaint way, much of it looks it. This station, however, is part of a new metro line that goes through a part of Hamburg that used to be old warehouse/industrial and is now being turned into office/living space.

If you're from Vancouver and that sounds familiar, it should: the place feels just like Yaletown and the north side of False Creek. Or, more accurately, it feels like the late 90's in Yaletown in that there are large areas that haven't been built on yet. Brand new, modern buildings next to empty, dirt lots. I'm curious how it will all play out.

I guess one thing this area has going for it (aside from nice views of the water) is that this metro station sits right in front of HafenCity University which, and how handy is this, is a university that specialises in urban environments and metropolitan development.

As I said, I am curious as to how all of this will play out but my hope is that this area becomes a real, liveable space and not just a soulless forest of condos. I will take heart in that a park we walked through was actually populated with people enjoying their weekend and I didn't see one chain restaurant or coffee shop.

Maybe, just maybe, there is hope.

But, the metro station, what of the metro station? Well, we went directly from the chaos of the metro station at the hundred-year-old Hauptbahnhof (main train station) to the quiet solitude of this pristine, almost-new station. We weren't the only people there but damn near. Those of us that were there, were there for the lights it seemed. During weekends and holidays, on the hour every hour, those giant cube lights hanging from the ceiling pulse and change colours while classical-ish music is pumped through speakers. It's classical-ish music in the sense that there's a lot of piano and stringed instruments happening but someone has jazzed it up with a modern beat. Ja, kann Mann machen. Muß aber nicht.

Still, the installation is pretty cool and it's effortless to go down there to check it out. Time your metro ride to get there a few minutes before the hour, enjoy your ten minutes of music and lights, then take the metro back.

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Camera: NIKON D300
Lens Type: 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/10 sec
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 100


Taken: 2016-08-21 17:02:45
Posted: 2016-08-23 | 02:10





HafenCity Metro

HafenCity Metro

I could try to make the claim that all of Hamburg's metro stations are this cool and futuristic but that just ain't so. The Hamburg metro system is over a hundred years old and, really, I mean this in a quaint way, much of it looks it. This station, however, is part of a new metro line that goes through a part of Hamburg that used to be old warehouse/industrial and is now being turned into office/living space.

If you're from Vancouver and that sounds familiar, it should: the place feels just like Yaletown and the north side of False Creek. Or, more accurately, it feels like the late 90's in Yaletown in that there are large areas that haven't been built on yet. Brand new, modern buildings next to empty, dirt lots. I'm curious how it will all play out.

I guess one thing this area has going for it (aside from nice views of the water) is that this metro station sits right in front of HafenCity University which, and how handy is this, is a university that specialises in urban environments and metropolitan development.

As I said, I am curious as to how all of this will play out but my hope is that this area becomes a real, liveable space and not just a soulless forest of condos. I will take heart in that a park we walked through was actually populated with people enjoying their weekend and I didn't see one chain restaurant or coffee shop.

Maybe, just maybe, there is hope.

But, the metro station, what of the metro station? Well, we went directly from the chaos of the metro station at the hundred-year-old Hauptbahnhof (main train station) to the quiet solitude of this pristine, almost-new station. We weren't the only people there but damn near. Those of us that were there, were there for the lights it seemed. During weekends and holidays, on the hour every hour, those giant cube lights hanging from the ceiling pulse and change colours while classical-ish music is pumped through speakers. It's classical-ish music in the sense that there's a lot of piano and stringed instruments happening but someone has jazzed it up with a modern beat. Ja, kann Mann machen. Muß aber nicht.

Still, the installation is pretty cool and it's effortless to go down there to check it out. Time your metro ride to get there a few minutes before the hour, enjoy your ten minutes of music and lights, then take the metro back.

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Camera: NIKON D300
Lens Type: 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/10 sec
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 100


Taken: 2016-08-21 17:02:45
Posted: 2016-08-23 | 02:10


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