Bricks with Splashes of Color

Bricks with Splashes of Color


Since 2011, Sumatrakontor in Hamburg HafenCity, location Überseeallee/ Überseeboulevard, is a busy meeting place for locals, employed people and tourists.

Sumatrakontor is another building block within the large-scale Überseequarter project. The name “Sumatra“ has a reason, all buildings along Überseeboulevard bear the name of one of the traditional trading goods or a popular trading route. The buildings Sumatra, Virginia and Cinnamon are, along with Kaffee square, the Altes Hafenamt area.

A Building with Splashes of White

The design for Sumatrakontor was made by Dutch architects Designed by Erick van Egeraat. The look is based on – like nearly all buildings of Übersee quarter – the brick façade of Warehouse city adjacent to the North.

The façade of Sumatrakontor is composed of vertical ashlar plates and aluminum windows, arranged on top of and next to each other in various sizes. Despite the geometrical arrangement of plates and windows the façade appears anything but static. For the bottom half of the façade, the architects have chosen deep red and brown plates of bricks. These contrast the white-gray plates, running down from the top edge of the façade like colors bursting open. This way the building, seen from a distance, almost reminds of a brick buildings with splashes of color.

Unconventional is also the shape of Sumatrakontor, since the building opens up towards the top through a V-shaped gap. Here and at other spots glass elements loosen up the façade. The architects have replaced the bricks with a glass triangular bay inclined towards the inside at the South-Western corner. A similar way can be found at the building’s Northern side. Here, an L-shaped glass area interrupts the construction of red plates and windows.

Working, Living and Shopping

Spread across 37,000 square meters, Kontor connects working, living and retail. Here, the first as well as second floor are used by retailers. Apart from that, Sumatrakontor houses branches of well-known companies such as Deutsche Bank, Rossmann and Edeka. You will also find 81 apartments inside, which can be accessed via a separate entrance from Überseeboulevard. The major part of the usage area is left for the all in all 17,800 square meters of office areas.

The spatial concept presented by the architects from Designed by Erick van Egeraatis a versatile one. Variations reach from 400 up to 4,000 square meters of office areas. The three units “Working”, “Living” and “Retail” are connected with each other via an inner court yard. The latter displays a less dynamic character than the outer façade. The accented white plates are here part of a rather reduced free space arrangement.

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Project details


Designed by Erick van Egeraat


Completion: April 2011


37,000 sqm


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clodymony 12. December 2014 - 19:45

The architect who created this building did a great job! It looks fabulous and the constructor used one of those Concrete foundations Fort McMurray AB in order to create a solid structure. Moreover the interior looks great and it is decorated in a modern style.

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jessymiller744 26. December 2014 - 13:03

It must be great to live in such a beautiful building and be close to workplace. Although not everyone is that lucky, most people manage to find a solution to suit their needs.

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tonybennet25_1 26. December 2014 - 16:49

How many of you would move into this building only for its interesting architectural style? Not to mention you would be close to your workplace. So, if you have such thoughts, then you'll find the services on very useful, especially if you have lots of household goods to move.

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prabirbanik82 3. January 2015 - 10:38

The building here really looks awesome because of the beautiful design and amazing interplay of colors. Now there is a great demand for good apartments because most of these are affordable than large properties. You can find apartment and property related information online, in fact, you can also find moving companies that offer residential moving Little Rock area.

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modhuleenab 21. January 2015 - 8:56

Now the architects are coming up with innovative designs to build commercial and residential projects. However, now obtaining further details about properties has become easier thanks to online portals. You can even find moving companies online at places like

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prabirbanik82 17. March 2015 - 11:08

The building looks simply amazing, it has an awe inspiring design and the bricks used here do look very colorful. However, those who live in the big cities they have to face many hassles to keep their house absolutely clean. Especially if you have carpet then you have to take really good care of it, it would be better to hire the service of Westerkamp's Dry Carpet Cleaning to clean the carpets.

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prabirbanik82 17. March 2015 - 12:57

It is a brilliant idea to use color to make the building look so wonderful. As a homeowner you too should try to incorporate colors in your house. However, if you relocate often then you should not waste money on this. For your moving purpose you should approach reputed moving companies Fayetteville AR.

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prabirbanik82 18. March 2015 - 12:58

This place has an offbeat but fascinating appearance, it is interesting to see that architects now are thinking out of the box to come up with such amazing designs. But any kind of construction work could be messy, so it would be better if the contractors use dumpsters available at

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prabirbanik82 21. March 2015 - 11:34

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audrey.jessica.... 5. June 2015 - 10:29

We don't really see such colourful buildings around anymore and it's nice to see such a lovely splash of colour once in a while. I think I'll advice some of my clients to take a look at some of these pictures for inspiration. Perhaps once the moving boxes are cleared, they might think of repainting! Haha!