Balgequartier

Where once ships docked.

Based on the five historically impressive buildings JOHANN JACOBS HAUS, STADTWAAGE, ESSIGHAUS, JUSTUS GROSSE HAUS and KONTORHAUS with their outstanding architecture and new qualities in public space, a new highlight with great appeal far beyond the borders of Bremen is being created in the immediate vicinity of the market square.

The Balgequartier
breathes history.

It is a piece of city memory and will take away the breath of its visitors.

Die Häuser

  • 01 Johann Jacobs Haus
  • 02 Stadtwaage
  • 03 Essighaus
  • 04 Justus Grosse Haus
  • 05 Kontorhaus
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JOHANN JACOBS HAUS

 
 

It was certainly no coincidence that Johann Jacobs chose Obernstraße as his company headquarters in 1914. Through his backyard he had access to Bremen’s most important trade centre, Langenstrasse, while Obernstrasse developed into the largest shopping street.

When Johann Jacobs received official permission to set up a roasting plant shortly afterwards, the success story of Jacobs coffee took its course. The Jacobs family still has a close relationship to this building and has decided to give this special location a future-oriented significance. A new JOHANN JACOBS HAUS will be built.

With imposing windows and a spacious open staircase leading into the JACOBS HOF, the outstanding new building will welcome visitors to the BALGEQUARTIER. The concept is characterised by openness, transparency and generous proportions, which make the areas in top locations particularly desirable.

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STADTWAAGE

 
 

The magnificent brick building of the STADTWAAGE dates back to the economic boom of the 15th and 16th centuries. All merchants who shipped through the Balge brought their goods to be weighed.

The building, decorated with sandstone and a magnificent Renaissance façade, was created by the local merchant Lüder von Bentheim. Even though the city scale was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War, the façade could be reconstructed in its original form using the old stones.

The STADTWAAGE building plays an important role in the development of the BALGEQUARTIER. The point where Langenstraße and Große Waagestraße and Kleine Waagestraße meet, a new pulse of activity and urban diversity will animate Bremen’s inner city. The new concept including an opening to the Jacobs Hof will create a strong attraction on visitors and invite them to explore the newly created area.

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03

ESSIGHAUS

 
 

The influential Esich merchant family had a magnificent house built in the Weser Renaissance style in 1618 – just a few steps away from the city scales – and shaped the political fortunes of the city for 200 years.

Around 1830 a vinegar factory moved in, which is why the house became known as the “ESSIGHAUS” from the 19th century onwards. After its destruction in the Second World War, the ground level windows and the portal were reconstructed and the upper floors redesigned. Since then it has been used alternately as a restaurant, hostel and bank.

In order to do justice to the importance of the location, the façade of the ESSIGHAUS is to be reconstructed. The new, transparent and filigree sandstone façade will document the history of the house from the past, while behind it the most modern new building on Langenstraße will provide extensive space for offices and shops as well as gastronomy concepts in connection with the JACOBS HOF.

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04

JUSTUS GROSSE HAUS

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05

KONTORHAUS

 
 

Everybody knows the KONTORHAUS in Bremen. In a prominent location directly on the market square, with the Chamber of Commerce as a neighbour and opposite the Town Hall.

It is an impressive building with beautifully decorated facades, which was built in 1911 as the largest bank in Bremen. With its natural stone portal facing the Schütting and the extraordinarily representative side portals, it shapes the image of the BALGEQUARTIER in the direction of the market square and forms the entrance to a world with new, attractive gastronomy and retail concepts.

The tailor-made room concept for the new KONTORHAUS convinces with its high quality of living. The historical, identity-forming architecture with an attractive public space and differentiated interiors provide the perfect setting for an urban lifestyle and shopping destination that fulfils individual customer wishes and the highest expectations.

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  • 1 Johann Jacobs Haus
  • 2 Stadtwaage
  • 3 Essighaus
  • 4 Justus Grosse Haus
  • 5 Kontorhaus
  • 1 Johann Jacobs Haus
  • 2 Stadtwaage
  • 3 Essighaus
  • 4 Justus Grosse Haus
  • 5 Kontorhaus

Departure towards Weser

Framed by Bremen's market square, Bremen's main shopping street Obernstrasse and the Weser, the area around Langenstrasse offers great potential for the future. Revived by modern retail and gastronomy concepts, the BALGEQUARTIER is creating a new attitude to life that will be characterised by a symbiosis of culinary experience, lifestyle and individual manufacturing concepts.

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7 Facts
about Bremen

What's worth remembering:

01

Bremen is growing by more than 13,000 inhabitants in the next 10 years. And the area around the city is growing as well.

02

With large companies like Mercedes, Airbus and many hidden champions, Bremen is the sixth largest business location in Germany. Therefore, the purchasing power is pleasingly high.

03

With regard to excellent location qualities, Bremen has recorded more than 2 million overnight stays so far. One fifth of the overnight guests come from abroad, and the trend is rising.

04

The pedestrian frequency in Bremen’s Obernstrasse is already (!) at the level of Hamburg’s Jungfernstieg.

05

More than 1 billion euros will be invested in the next 10 years in Bremen’s city centre.

06

The BALGEQUARTIER connects the core of the city centre with the Weser and consists of several independent building blocks.

07

Each of the five properties is a highlight building, but the JOHANN JACOBS HAUS is to become a reference for high-street retail properties in Bremen for years to come.

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