Multi-storey houses

Multi-storey houses

Multi-storey houses

made of wood

With the aim of creating affordable living space in Hamburg, two multi-storey apartment buildings were built in solid timber construction in Neugraben-Fischbek. This resulted in 42 flats with an average size of 105 m² as an ideal housing option for young families with children. The pilot project was implemented as part of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg’s 8-Euro Housing Model Project and was also a neighbourhood development project of IBA Hamburg, which focused on holistic, high-quality design and economic housing development.

The project
at a glance

Multi-storey residential buildings
in solid wood construction

The flats built consist of two to four rooms and offer space for a family with up to four children. All flats have a balcony or a roof terrace on the top floor. The ground floor of the two residential buildings consists of conventional solid construction. The upper floors are made of solid wood construction with sustainable glulam. The exterior walls, the load-bearing interior walls as well as the ceilings and roof were prefabricated in the factory and quickly assembled on site – this saved construction time and the two residential buildings could be completely finished within twelve months.
Building project Multi-storey residential buildings in Hamburg, 21147 Hamburg Neugraben-Fischbek
Wooden constructions X-LAM and glulam
Construction time 2018-2019
Usable area 42 flats with an average size of 105 m2
Usable area 16,500 m2
Volume of the wooden components 1,250 m3
Stored CO2 953 tCO2
Avoided CO2 881 tCO2
Regrowth speed in german forests 38 minutes
Building owner Helvetia Versicherungen, Peter Lewalter (Kapitalanlagen / Immobilien)
Assembly Holzbau Gehrmann GmbH,
Architects Limbrock Tubbesing Architekten und Stadtplaner, D-Hamburg,
Structural engineering Planungswerft Schuchard & Stolte Ingenieurgesellschaft GmbH, D-Husum,
Delivery wooden elements DERIX-Group

Prizes & Awards
for the residential buildings in Hamburg

Hamburg 2020

In 2020, the project was awarded second prize in the WohnbauPreis Hamburg competition. This award recognises high structural and design quality as well as integrative and sustainable solutions in residential construction.

BDA Hamburg
Architektur Preis 2020

The multi-storey housing project was recognised in 2020 as part of the BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize.


Hamburg’s wooden homes received recognition from the Wood Construction Award for Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg in 2020.

Hamburg Neugraben
in all dimensions

Discover the residential buildings Hamburg Neugraben in our CAD model with all details and from all perspectives. Connection details and junctions are shown as examples and highlighted in red.

The advantages of wood
for the multi-storey residential buildings

Wood as a building material made a decisive contribution to the high economic efficiency of the project – thanks to the solid wood components prefabricated precisely and accurately by DERIX, the entire shell of the building was completed within only nine weeks and the flats were rented out promptly. In addition to the extremely short construction time, the natural building material wood offers a whole range of other advantages here: Thanks to its flexibility, a wide range of design options can be implemented. In this project, the facade was realised with a combination of larch wood cladding, clinker and plaster. In the living spaces, the solid wood remained completely visible: the tenants benefit here from the positive effect of the ecological building material on healthy living and from the warm, natural look of the high-quality visible surfaces.


Holz-Zentralblatt: Favourable net cold rents thanks to building with wood

06. December 2019 Vera Steckel

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Mopo: Showcase project in Hamburg: How to live in the "8-euro flats"

30. November 2019 • Sandra Schäfer

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Individual glulam

With our glulam, individual constructions can be built, because we produce the components in almost any shape and size – entirely according to your wishes. The kiln-dried wooden boards are joined together by finger-jointing to form long lamellas. Discover our diverse range of glulam.

Solid and versatile element construction

Whether roof, ceiling or wall – X-LAM can be used in a variety of ways. Our X-LAM element construction gives you great freedom in building design. The flexibly usable elements made of cross laminated timber are custom-made for you and can be assembled quickly and easily.

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