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Video: The Elbphilharmonie: Sparkling Hamburg landmark
A daring draft, an enraptured city parliament, monstrous costs, heated debate - after a scandal decade, the Hamburgers have embraced their Elbphilharmonie.
Federal Foundation for Building Culture presents …
The opening of the Elbphilharmonie 2017 was preceded by a ten-year project history, which ended in construction costs of 866 million - more than ten times the estimated amount.
Today, the costs and debates of the past days still cause grief to very few citizens: With the Elbphilharmonie, the city has got the landmark that it wanted - a building of the century. It was invented by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, whose design won over the Hamburg and city leaders so much that they decided not to compete and tackled the complex project. The building is based on the shell of the completely gutted Kaispeicher A by Werner Kallmorgen, whose function as a cocoa and coffee store is only spoken of today by the semi-portal cranes on the quay edge. The iridescent glass body rises above the brick wall, which with its striking shape evokes associations with reflecting water waves, sails in the wind or a huge crystal.
Concert in the Elbphilharmonie.
Photo: Teatro Alla Scala / Riccardo Chailly © Daniel Ditus
Hamburgers are proud of their “Elphi”
At a height of 37 meters, a public plaza encircling the entire building opens up a spectacular view of the harbor. At the heart of the vitreous is the large concert hall, in which, due to the vineyard-like arrangement of the tiers, none of the 2, 100 listeners sits more than 30 meters from the conductor. The steel structure that acoustically decouples the concert hall from the rest of the building is breathtaking.
Popularly known as “Elphi”, the music temple receives 850, 000 visitors to concerts every year and attracts another 4.5 million to the plaza to let the panorama take its toll on you. The Elbphilharmonie shows that good architecture radiates identification, touches emotionally and points to the future.
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