Biodiversity and stormwater handling
The design is primarily shaped by the intense flows in and around the station, combined with sustainability features such as a strengthened local biodiversity, integrated stormwater handling on and under the surfaces, and priority for cyclists and pedestrians. Dense and varied tree plantings that provide splashes of colour changing with the seasons structure the simple and continuous plaza “floor”, and contain pockets for sitting, dining and local community events such as markets and concerts. The topography of the site is turned into an advantage, combining full accessibility with sitting steps and discreet zoning.
"The design finds exactly the right answer for the multi-layered environment at Diebsteich. The balancing act between recreational space and transit space is solved brilliantly: many trees, many benches and a lot of freedom of movement for people. A nice idea is to bring vibrancy and colour into the cityscape through diverse tree species." says Franz-Josef Höing, Chief Building Director at the city of hamburg.