Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – Hamburg’s new Landmark
A bold glass structure is rising above the historic Kaispeicher A, a monumental redbrick block at the western tip of HafenCity Hamburg. An architectural vision has become reality – the Elbphilharmonie concert hall will be Hamburg’s new cultural landmark. The design by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron combines tradition and modernity just where the Hanseatic city is at its most authentic: directly on the water and in the heart of the city. This is where one of the world’s finest concert venues is being built.
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in Figures
- Gross floor area: 120,000 m² (warehouse: 58,000 m², new building: 62,000 m²)
- Total weight: 200.000 t
- Highest point: 110 m
- Plaza: at a height of 37 m
- Roof terrace: 80 m² at a height of 75 m
- Large auditorium: approx. 2,150 seats
- Small auditorium: approx. 550 seats
- Third auditorium: 170 seats
- Apartments (planned): approx. 47
- Hotel rooms (planned): approx. 250
- Building started: April 2007
- Topping-out ceremony: May 2010
Unity of brick and glass
The translucent glass body of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg allows for excellent acoustics, contrasting plays of light, and a spectacular view of the Elbe, port and city. The core elements of this architectural creation are its large auditorium and its plaza, a public space destined to become a popular spot not only for concert-goers and strollers, but also for locals and guests to the city. The large auditorium is designed in a way that positions the orchestra in the centre, while the audience is seated on irregularly interwoven seats rising into a steep terraced cauldron.
The joy of music
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg will not only be a superb venue for classical music, but also for world, jazz and pop music. Worldclass concerts, spectacular architecture and a unique location will make a visit to Elbphilharmonie Hamburg an unparalleled experience. Christoph Lieben-Seutter, artistic director for both Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the time-honoured Laeiszhalle, will provide music enthusiasts with an excellent programme, and the renowned NDR Sinfonieorchester will serve as the resident orchestra.
Financing culture the Hanseatic way
Social and cultural commitment is part and parcel of living in Hamburg. One prominent example is the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. The people of Hamburg have already donated 67.6 million Euro for the new concert hall. For instance, Hannelore and Helmut Greve contributed 30 million Euro for the construction of the building. Beyond such large-scale donations, countless smaller contributions demonstrate the breadth of support from the local population. Advocates of this new landmark for Hamburg can be found across all age groups and all occupational groups – certainly a rich source for reports and stories on cultural financing the Hanseatic way.