Elbphilharmonie Hamburg / Germany
The Elbphilharmonie is located in Hamburg’s Hafen City on the banks of the river Elbe. On approximately 1,700 reinforced concrete piles a breathtaking building complex has emerged. It consists of two parts, in the lower part the old Kaispeicher A, a former warehouse, erected in the early 1960s as a replacement for the former Kaiserspeicher which was nearly completely destroyed in World War Two. The Kaispeicher A lost its significance in the 1990s when container transports made the storing of goods increasingly dispensable. During the last years the building stood empty.
The upper part of the Elbphilharmonie presents itself with an impressive glass facade and an overall pleasing design perfectly contrasting with the brick facade of Kaispeicher A.
In addition to three concert halls, this upper part encompasses a hotel, about 50 private apartments, and the publicly accessible Plaza from where the visitor can enjoy a 360° panoramic view of the environment.
The centerpiece of the Elbphilharmonie, however, was also one of the most exciting structural challenges in Europe: A world-class concert hall at a height of 50 meters with seating for 2,100 people, which is decoupled from the rest of the building for soundproofing reasons. The Elbphilharmonie is the perfect symbiosis of architecture and music at a unique site within the historic city port.
Architects: Pierre de Meuron & Jacques Herzog
The photos shall give some impressions from my first visit in February 2017 to the Elbphilharmonie which was inaugurated with a classical concerto in January 2017.