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herzog & de meuron

the elbphilharmonie . hamburg

© Iwan Baan

herzog & de meuron

Initiated in 2001, the Elbphilharmonie officially opens.

From today, music starts to fill the building. Two celebratory opening concerts inaugurate the main concert hall, at the heart of the complex. This space rises vertically almost like a tent and offers room for 2100 people to congregate for the enjoyment of making and listening to music, with an unprecedented emphasis on the interactive proximity between players and audience. The towering shape of the hall defines the static structure of the building volume and is echoed in the silhouette of the building as a whole. The complex geometry of the philharmonic hall unites organic flow with incisive, near static shape.
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