Cultural centre in the urban district

Hamburg-Dulsberg „Kulturhof“


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Image: Typische Bebauung im Viertel

Source: plan zwei Stadtplanung und Architektur, Hannover

The Hamburg district of Dulsberg was developed in the 1920s. Buildings destroyed during the war were rebuilt after 1951.

The urban district is not perceived as a social focal point, but is one of the neglected districts compared to the Hamburg average. It is characterised by economically weak households and a high proportion of small and smallest apartments. The insufficient supply of childcare institutions, suitable meeting points for residents, and of leisure services, has also been considered problematic since the early 1990s.

In view of this, an integrated management concept was devised in 1992 for developing the district. From 1995 to 2002, a large number of measures has been developed and implemented within the framework of the programme for social district development (STEP) of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg in order to improve the situation of the urban district.


Project description

Image: Kulturhof Eingangsbereich

Source: plan zwei Stadtplanung und Architektur, Hannover

Together with the management of educational and cultural work, and with the Dulsberg urban district office, the urban district, the school authorities and the urban development authorities, a project was developed for improving the communication possibilities within the urban district. After long planning preparations, new premises were built in the "Alter Teichweg" comprehensive school. Since then, this has been used by the Kulturhof Dulsberg as an events centre in the urban district.

By converting the school auditorium and extending the glass-roofed café area, a central events room has been created. It can hold up to 400 people. After structural changes in the entrance area, it can also be used outside school times.

The Kulturhof is operated by Dulsberg residents, who are able to use the rooms for free for socio-cultural events. In part, suitable rooms in the school can also be used. The range of services is large and takes into account the interests of many residents in the district. For example, dance festivals, theatre performances, podium discussions, children's parties and events for older people are held here.

Another service is provided by the Dulsberg Lesecafé (reading café), which has been opened in the school with a separate access for public use.

A programme committee under the management of the cultural coordination of the urban district office comprises representatives from creative cultural institutions in the urban district and from the Alter Teichweg school. It develops and examines organisational procedures and responsibilities, as well as the programme organisation and publicity work for the Kulturhof.

The urban district office is also responsible for the management, organisation and coordination of events, publicity work, renting and for the technical management of the Kulturhof.


Project chronology

Year Event
1993 First gathering of ideas for a use concept
1995 An idea concept devised for organising events with residents of the district, representatives of the school and local social institutions
1996 Draft concept for converting the school's events rooms
1998 Submission of the overall project by the urban district office to several resident meetings
1999 Opening of the Dulsberg cultural centre after converting the auditorium and erection of a glass-roofed café area
2001 Students devise new name and logo proposals for the cultural centre
2001 Selection of the name Kulturhof Dulsberg and of the logo by residents and the programme committee
2002 First printed programme flyer


Image: Innenaufnahme des Kulturhofs

Source: plan zwei Stadtplanung und Architektur, Hannover

  • To enhance the communication possibilities in the urban district
  • Social integration
  • To create a cultural centre in the urban district on an integrated school site
  • Opening of the school after school hours for residents of the urban district
  • Reduction in concerns regarding the school institution by cooperating with stakeholders from the district
  • Opening of the school institution for citizens and associations in the urban district
  • Cultural life in the school and in the urban district

Types of measures

Image: überdachtes Café im Kulturhof

Source: plan zwei Stadtplanung und Architektur, Hannover

  • Conversion of the school and creation of an events room and café
  • Socio-cultural events
  • Creation of a public reading café in the school
  • Programme committee for the Kulturhof
  • Name and logo competition
  • Cinema evenings in the lecture theatre, music festival, flea market and dancing in the auditorium


Image: Werbeplakat für das Lesecafé im Kulturhof

Source: Quelle: plan zwei Stadtplanung und Architektur, Hannover

The Kulturhof Dulsberg, jointly managed by the urban district office and the comprehensive school, is a good example of a cooperation project between a public organisation and a school. The interdepartmental cooperation within the framework of the project development and in the operating facilities the opening of the school to the urban district. The networking of the varied scopes with the surrounding area makes the school the focus of the urban district.

Meanwhile, the Kulturhof has become a central events location in the urban district and has become established as a cultural centre. Through individual events, it is also perceived outside the urban district.




Further information

  • Social urban district development in Dulsberg 1995 to 2002 – Report on the result of the support from the Hamburg Urban District Development Programme, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, District Office Hamburg-North, 2002

Größere Kartenansicht

The projekt site ist to be found at postal code: 22049 - town: Hamburg - street: Alter Teichweg 200.



  • Kulturhof Dulsberg, Jürgen Fiedler, head of the Dulsberg urban district office, Ulrike Ritter, contact for the Kulturhof Dulsberg, Alter Teichweg 200, Information and Renting, Probsteier Str. 15, 22049 Hamburg, E-Mail: stb@dulsberg.de, Tel.: ++49 (0)40 – 6528016, Fax: ++49 (0)40 – 680009, Web: http://www.dulsberg.de

Record inserted on 23.09.2008 by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) within the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR).

Last update: 03.07.2014