• Germany's news in English
 

Ikea planning 'to build new district in Hamburg'

Published: 22 Aug 2012 10:21 GMT+02:00

“We want to build a new area of the city from which Hamburg can benefit,” Harald Müller, manager at property subsidiary Landprop told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.

He said the firm was looking for an area of the city to start developing – preferably near an Ikea outlet.

The new district would include housing for thousands of Hamburgers, as well as shops and offices. Potential locations are, the paper said, near the city's airport or more central, depending where they can find the space.

Plans are yet to be submitted to the city council, though the company said it wanted to include residents in the design process so that the district was “integrated into city life and not elitist.”

Either way, Ikea “wants to stir up the market,” Müller added.

A similar plan has been devised for an area of east London, where Ikea is eying a patch of land twice as big as the one it hopes to develop in Germany. The company has designs for 1,200 houses, offices hotels and retail spaces, all of which should be built in the next five to six years in an area south of the Olympic park.

While Hamburg's Ikea-quarter does not have a time scale, in the meantime the firm is set on opening a string of budget hotels and student residences across Europe, including Germany.

“We will announce the first location for our budget hotel in Germany in the next few weeks and we are in talks with hotel operators to rapidly implement our concept," Müller told Swedish paper Svenska Dagbladet newspaper last week.

There will be no Ikea branding in the hotels, neither will the rooms be furnished with the company's furniture as they are to be opened under an established hotel operator.

Opening hotels and student housing is the company's first move in a step towards joining the property market and it hopes to have them open by 2013 to 2014, Müller told the Hamburger Abendblatt.

Reports that the Ikea homes and hotel rooms will be locked and unlocked with a giant allen keys have not been confirmed.

The Local/jcw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

12:02 August 22, 2012 by IchBinKönig
I love that closet set up. it saves so much space. and as you can see. all walls should be white.
14:47 August 22, 2012 by jg.
There will be a lot of cardboard to recycle once they have finished putting all the flatpack buildings together.
17:36 August 22, 2012 by HHayrider
"Reports that the Ikea homes and hotel rooms will be locked and unlocked with a giant allen keys have not been confirmed."

Now thats funny right there, I dont care who you are!
20:54 August 22, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
sort of a legoland for adults then.
05:24 August 23, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
Ikea. Gah, now that is some serious crap. The store is purposely designed to make the humans go through this maze of a store like they're looking for the crumb of cheese. The furniture is disposable pressed particle board. The style is homogenized and boring. The assembling concept is ridiculous. It makes adults look like they are stuck in a dorm room suite mentality. It's has no beauty at all, and if one didn't know better they would mistake it for hospital furnishings or a youth hostel.

There. Someone had to say it.
Today's headlines
'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?
Photo: Wikipedia

'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?

Frankfurt Airport is one of many places in Germany to offer women their own 'bigger and nicer' parking areas. Is this sensible practice or plain sexist? READ  

German offshore wind power breaks records
Turbines at the Norsee Ost farm in the North Sea. Photo: DPA

German offshore wind power breaks records

The amount of new offshore wind energy put on the grid in Germany in the first six months of 2015 has broken all previous annual records for Europe combined, a report released on Thursday shows. READ  

Unemployment hovers at historic low
A construction worker in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

Unemployment hovers at historic low

German unemployment stayed at 6.4 percent in July, the lowest level since reunification almost a quarter century ago, despite an unexpected rise of 9,000 jobless, the federal labour office said on Thursday. READ  

Lifted by cheap fuel, Lufthansa triples profit
Photo: DPA

Lifted by cheap fuel, Lufthansa triples profit

German airline Lufthansa, still reeling from the crash of one of its Germanwings planes in March over the French Alps, said on Thursday it tripled net profit in the second quarter, helped by cheap fuel. READ  

Germany star scores own goal with PR gaffe
Manuel Neuer. Photo: DPA

Germany star scores own goal with PR gaffe

World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has faced a wave of derision on social media since giving a cringe-worthy interview to football magazine Kicker explaining his choice of commercial partners. READ  

Shoot-out near Ku'damm leaves bystander injured
Photo: DPA

Shoot-out near Ku'damm leaves bystander injured

A shoot-out near Germany's most iconic shopping street, the Kurfürstendamm in west Berlin, left an apparently innocent bystander injured after she was shot in the leg on Wednesday evening. READ  

Refugees live in fear of German far-right
A Pegida demonstration in Dresden in May. Photo: DPA

Refugees live in fear of German far-right

It's an astonishing statement for a refugee from war-torn Syria, but Taher has had enough of the xenophobia he has experienced in Germany. READ  

Germany heightens travel warning for Turkey
A view of Istanbul. Photo: DPA.

Germany heightens travel warning for Turkey

The German government has issued more severe warnings about travelling to Turkey after a string of terror attacks in the south of the country, and as Ankara intensifies conflict against two militias in Syria and Iraq. READ  

Fireman turned arsonist jailed for 3 years
Fire services extinguish an unrelated fire in Hamburg in 2011. Photo: DPA

Fireman turned arsonist jailed for 3 years

After a series of arson attacks over several months, an ex-fireman has been sentenced to three years in jail without chance of bail. READ  

Mother slams IKEA for rejecting autistic son
Photo: DPA

Mother slams IKEA for rejecting autistic son

A mother from North Rhine-Westphalia has accused furniture chain IKEA of debasement, discrimination and marginalization – after employees in their Dortmund store refused to let her autistic son into the children's play area. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Politics
Satire and reality blur in parody party's strife
National
13-year-old boy detained for trying to join Isis
Culture
Berlin restaurant serves up Greek Crisis Menu
Rhineland
Doctor on trial after woman wakes in morgue
Society
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Sponsored Article
Outsourcing drives Apreel's Europe growth
Society
Police bust kinky Bavarian couple over painful love-making
Politics
Merkel brings Palestinian girl to tears
Hamburg
Amateur archaeologist finds Nazi gold hoard
National
Could Merkel learn a lesson in love from this doppelganger?
Travel
Why you should stay in Germany for the summer holidays
Sport
German press tell Schweinsteiger 'good riddance'
National
Hamburg gets a bouncing 100kg baby girl
Society
In North Germany, money sometimes DOES grow on trees
National
Hero mechanics stop Bavaria shooting spree
International
Denmark says that border controls are coming
National
Did hackers take control of German missile battery?
Politics
Munich gives gay pride green light
Business & Money
Berlin rent controls hit prices hard
National
Fighting to breastfeed in public without shame
Society
Ice cream for dogs 'gobbled up in one gulp'
Education
Are hotpants a feminist issue?
Rhineland
Lion cub reunited with mother
National
How the heatwave is cracking Germany's Autobahns
International
Why the French are more sympathetic to Greece than the Germans
Sponsored Article
Crans-Montana: International expat hub
Gallery
Police seize pensioner's WW2 heavy weapons haul
National
How to survive the Europe-wide heatwave
Sport
Is Schweini already out of the door at Bayern?
Politics
How German media shaped the Greece crisis
National
Car assembly robot crushes worker at Volkswagen
Rhineland
Weathermen red-faced over heatwave snow warning
Society
An eye for an eye? Mum protects child in playground with pepperspray
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's final day in Germany
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's second day in Germany
National
Queen Elizabeth II's first day in Germany - as it happened
National
Bus passengers tell fake racists where to get off
Politics
What's really in the Queen's handbag?
National
Germans say USA doesn't respect freedom
National
Yes, you CAN buy adult e-books before 10pm in Germany
VIDEO: Watch a 93-metre turbine crash to earth in slow motion
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

7,175
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd