Elbphilharmonie by Herzog & de Meuron


Yesterday saw the topping-out ceremony of Herzog & de Meuron's philharmonic hall on the river Elbe in Hamburg.

Called Elbphilharmonie, the project involves installing the Swiss architects' new glass structure atop a red brick warehouse built in 1963 by the late Hamburg architect Werner Kallmorgen.

The building will comprise three concert halls, a hotel, apartments, and a public square elevated 37 metres above the river.

Construction is due for completion in 2012.

Images © Herzog & de Meuron) unless stated otherwise.

Here's some more information from the architects:

The Elbphilharmonie – a New Landmark for Hamburg

Roofing ceremony for a spectacular concert hall

During a Roofing ceremony, to take place on 28 and 29 May, Hamburg will present with the “Elbphilharmonie” (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) its new concert house to the public. More than 5000 guests will gain an insight into the making of this unique concert house. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, the magnificent building is to become Hamburg’s newest landmark.

The daring harmony of Kaispeicher A, this historic redbrick monument, and the cool, glass-bodied design will be Hamburg’s new architectural gem. Located right on the Elbe River, this 110 metres high building combines tradition and modernity. The building complex is constructed on approx. 1,700 reinforced concrete piles. It comprises three concert halls, one hotel, 45 flats and the Plaza, a public square elevated 37 metres above the river, with an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of the city.

At the core of the Elbphilharmonie lies one of Europe’s most challenging building projects: an acoustically superior concert hall that stands 50 metres above the river and provides seating for 2,150 people. With its unique location, the Elbphilharmonie Hall can be regarded as an unprecedented work of art. This magnificent building is not just a tourist attraction – it will also be a unique venue for classical music, jazz, pop and world music.

Above photograph is by Oliver Heissner

Even now, during construction, the Elbphilharmonie is attracting worldwide attention. Under the artistic direction of Christoph Lieben-Seutter, it aims at becoming one of the world’s finest music venues. The building is part of one of Europe’s largest urban development projects, HafenCity Hamburg, and can be considered an icon of this booming port city.

Above photograph is by Oliver Heissner

Moreover, it also portrays the public spirit of the Hamburg citizens: from among those €400 million construction costs, more than €77 million alone has been covered by donations and further revenues. After the Roofing ceremony, the work on this ambitious construction project will be further accelerated, so that the building will be accomplished by the year 2012.

Above photograph is by Oliver Heissner

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Posted on Friday May 28th 2010 at 11:39 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Colin Eaton Architect

    Their works more and more takes the most wobnderful form of an oeuvre.
    Such acomplishment, energy and creativity and most refreshingly they work across the scales, from small scale to voluminous. The Hamburg project appears like the most wonderful palimpsest of for instance Caixa or indeed the sculptural dynamics of the Bird Cage. I look forward to its development and completion.

  • Roger Emmerson

    And not a single mention of Hans Scharoun……..

  • KaptnK

    Simply incredible, can barely believe it’s been built. Looks amazing although unlikely

  • Somehow, the top of the building reminds me of spider web.

  • this is a fantastic project … looks much better in reality … ;) can’t wait to see it finished

  • toni

    putting scharoun over an existing kahnian block somehow doesn’t look much intresting to me

  • lior

    amazing architcture and I agree with colin completly…they never stop to explore and come up with new inovative design.

  • Tom Ford

    Am I the only one wishing that H & deM did a great small project once in a while? Don’t they do any private houses anymore? The interior images are really lazy.

  • JP

    i agree the interior doesnt reflect the Majestic volume.

  • B

    the facade material somehow disappoints me.

  • dorf

    Ich kann schon förmlich riechen, wie die Skyline von Hamburg von nun an die Gazetten der Welt beherrschen wird. Für immer. Ein Leuchtturm, der die Stadt innerhalb eines Jahres unter die 5 Weltstädte katapultieren wird…

  • msfboarder2

    Looks like a huge glacier! I wonder how the inverted funnel in the auditorium works. I like the interior renderings, but not sure how they're going to make it real!