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Galleria Hamburg
Galleria Hamburg
Galleria Passage Hamburg
Basic data
Location: Große Bleichen 21, 20354 Hamburg
Owner : Ruppert Immobilien GmbH & Co. KG
Website: Galleria Hamburg
Transport links
S-Bahn : S1Hamburg S1.svg S2Hamburg S2.svg S3Hamburg S3.svg Jungfernstieg
Subway : U1Hamburg U1.svg U2Hamburg U2.svg U4Hamburg U4.svg Jungfernstieg Gänsemarkt town hall
U2Hamburg U2.svg
U3Hamburg U3.svg
Omnibus : 3, 4, 5, 6, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 109
Parking spaces : no
Technical specifications
Construction time : 1978-1983
Architects : Trix and Robert Haussmann

Galleria is a shopping arcade in downtown Hamburg that focuses on specialized retail, concept stores and gastronomy.


Galleria is located at Große Bleichen 21. There is a second entrance directly on Bleichenfleet , which leads off from Poststrasse . The Jungfernstieg , Gänsemarkt and Rathausmarkt underground stations are in the immediate vicinity. The Galleria can be reached via the underground lines U1, U2 and U3 as well as the S-Bahn lines S1 and S3 and the bus lines 3, 4, 5 and 6. Drivers can head for the nearby parking garages.


The street area Große Bleichen was created on the occasion of the development and development of the new town, which was fortified in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was shaped until the turn of the century by the town houses of the patricians built after the Hamburg fire in 1842. After that, the first office buildings such as the merchant's house and the Kaisergalerie were built . The former town house of the von Schröder family on the Große Bleichen 21 property was used as an office and shop.

In the mid-1970s the area between Gänsemarkt, Poststrasse and the southern part of the Große Bleichen was in a neglected condition and in need of renovation. The often only makeshift repairs after the war and the neglect of many buildings meant that this central part of the city lost more and more of its attractiveness until private renovation measures initiated a turnaround. As part of this initiative, planning for the Galleria Passage at Große Bleichen 21 began at the end of 1976.


The architecture made of black and white marble comes from the Swiss designer and architect couple Trix and Robert Haussmann and was awarded by the design magazine wallpaper. Inspired by shopping malls in London and Milan , a classic shopping street from 19th century Italy was implemented in Hamburg. Dealing with historical models, such as the cross-sectional shapes of the Burlington Arcade in London or the architectural decor of the arcades of San Marco, is part of the way the architects work.

The new building should fit into the existing row of buildings, probably with its own face, but without standing out from its surroundings. The traditional Hamburg brick buildings with their vertical structure and regularly arranged windows with white frames served as a model. By choosing yellow-red brick, the appearance of the new building adapts to the partly significant building fabric of the surroundings. The use of the building is also visible from the outside: the two-storey passage with the shops on both sides of the central axis opens up to the full height and width in the facade. The office floors have regular windows.

The model for the interior design was historical buildings, e.g. B. the Galleria degli Antichi in Sabbioneta, one of the most important extra-long rooms in art history, the proportions of which correspond almost exactly to those of the Galleria in Hamburg. The new building contains all the essential design elements of the classic covered shopping street of the 19th century, but in a form appropriate to our time. The result was a simple, clear space with a strict structure using pilasters . The steady pilaster rhythm creates an overarching uniformity of the whole, a fixed framework that should allow the individual shop to develop its "identity" without disturbing the neighbor. In this elementary space, the decor should be an architectural design element, not an ornament.

An essential design element of many historical passages, the regular arrangement of lighting fixtures, was adopted. On each of the pilasters layered on black and white marble, one of the cuboids was designed as a lamp, as were the keystones above the entrance portals of the stairwells. The rhythm is supported by the black and white marble ornament on the floor, which has now become the hallmark of the passage. The long walls on the upper floor, exposed like a backdrop under the flat arch of the skylight, appear almost without thickness and also appear dematerialized by the bluish color. The Palladio motif with its changing cut-outs divides the longitudinal walls.

The ruffled cloths over the two entrances, designed as lead glazing, are symbols of the staging, of the grand entrance: the passage appears as a stage, with passers-by and merchants as actors. It is not surprising that the Galleria has also served as a backdrop for film and fashion shoots countless times.

Key data on the planning history

  • 1976/77 acquisition of land and start of planning
  • 1978 start of construction
  • 1983 Galleria opened

Project data:

  • Land 1816 m²
  • Office space 4800 m²
View of the Galleria pontoon

supporting documents

  1. Archived copy ( memento of the original from March 7, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. accessed March 7, 2014 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Galleria. In: Bauwelt. No. 40/41. Berlin, Oct. 1981, pp. 1847-1849.
  3. Anniversary chronicle . 100 years of Ruppert. 1892-1992 . P. 37.
  4. See Ulrike Jehle-Schulte: Staging a Passage. In: Werk, Bauen + Wohnen. No. 12. Munich Dec. 1983, p. 11.
  5. See Ulrike Jehle-Schulte: Staging a Passage. In: Werk, Bauen + Wohnen. No. 12. Munich, December 1983, p. 9.
  6. Anniversary chronicle . 100 years of Ruppert. 1892-1992. P. 38.
  7. See Galleria. In: Bauwelt. No. 40/41. Berlin, Oct. 1981, p. 1848.
  8. Anniversary chronicle . 100 years of Ruppert. 1892-1992 . Pp. 37-38.


  • Johann Friedrich Geist: Passages. A 19th century building type. Munich 1978.
  • Ulrike Jehle-Schulte: Staging a passage. In: Werk, Bauen + Wohnen. No. 12. Munich, Dec. 1983, pp. 9-13.
  • Anniversary chronicle. 100 years of Ruppert. 1892-1992. Hamburg 1992.
  • Volkwin Marg, Reiner Schröter: Architecture in Hamburg since 1900. Junius Verlag, Hamburg 1993.

Coordinates: 53 ° 33 ′ 10.5 ″  N , 9 ° 59 ′ 19.4 ″  E