With this panorama we are in the middle of the new Überseequartier in Hamburg’s HafenCity. While we can glimpse Hamburg’s city centre with the tower of St Nikolai in the distance on the left, the quarter is bordered by the water basin of the Magdeburger harbour on the right. Überseequartier forms the central part of HafenCity and while we are looking here at the finnished northern half of Überseequartier, in the foreground the southern half is under construction and should be completed soon. The entire quarter is cut through from west to east by Überseealle, which runs centrally through the panorama along the facades. Perpendicular to this runs Überseeboulevard as a pedestrian area with plazas between the buildings.
The two large building blocks in the picture are the Sumatrakontor on the left and the Virginia project on the right. The Sumatrakontor was designed by the architectural office Erick van Egeraat, completed in 2010, and combines flats, offices and commercial space in one large block. The façade design is based on the red brick of the Speicherstadt warehouse district, mixed with the white tones of the plaster façades in the centre of Hamburg. The Virginia Block (completed in 2011) on the right in the Panorama was designed by the architects Böge Lindner K2 and is also based on the red clinker brick of the Speicherstadt; the main tenant here in the Panorama is the 25hours Hotel.