In one of the most beautiful locations in Hamburg - directly facing the Outer Alster Lake - a gap in the historic perimeter block of Bellevue was closed with our design of an apartment building. The listed buildings on either side of our site, are characterized with elements of projections and recesses of their time; our contemporary proposal responds to its historical context in equal measure. A subtle articulation of natural stone bands cites historic elements without ostentation. A light-colored limestone façade envelopes the building’s volume which staggers back and forwards to frame the generous window elements executed in bronze. The penthouse is stepped back with a roof terrace cleverly framing the spectacular view to the lake while closing off the building at the top. The new apartment building creates spatial tensions between projection and void, naturally mediating between the historical context of the neighborhood.