HafenCity Public Space
The new profile of the land has been studied thinking of human needs, so that people can feel relaxed here. The new urban planning brings the public in a fluid movement from the new housing blocks down to the water, making for everyone's enjoyment a new artificial landscape that is inhabited by natural elements: water and plants. People can find water and trees on every level of the public space. Water level (0,00): special floating elements provide the presence of greenery and trees at the water level. Water is visible from the borders and through holes, to create a pond like effect. Low promenade level (4,50): this level is mainly for pedestrians, and will host small café's thereby creating a relaxed promenade. This level will be flooded only on exceptionally bad weather days, on an average of twice or three times a year. Street level (7, 50): pedestrian and playing areas, also at street level, separating heavy traffic from pedestrians (text from architect's website).