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herzog & de meuron

the elbphilharmonie . hamburg

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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. Continue reading herzog & de meuron

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Herzog & de Meuron

The Elbphilharmonie . Hamburg

© Iwan Baan

Herzog & de Meuron . + The Elbphilharmonie

In a symbolic ceremony today, Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, in the presence of Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Ascan Mergenthaler, celebrates the completion of the Elbphilharmonie and the opening of the Plaza to the public. The Plaza is a spacious terrace, placed on top of the Kaispeicher, like a gigantic joint between the old and new element of the building structure. It will be open to the public from 5 November. The ceremony this week also marks the handover of the building to the City of Hamburg. The official opening of the Elbphilharmonie’s main concert hall (“Grosser Saal”) will take place on 11 and 12 January 2017. Continue reading Herzog & de Meuron