Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Hamburg will gain a new cultural and urban landmark with the Elbphilharmonie in HafenCity. Classical music culture, music of the 21st century and sophisticated light music will have a spectacular venue here.

Designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is built in a historic location. The warehouse designed by Werner Kallmorgen and constructed between 1963 and 1966 was used for storage of cocoa, tea and tobacco until the 1990s and retains its distinctive structure and characteristic façade. The 20,000 square metre warehouse space, at that time the largest storage space in the city, has been a distinctive landmark since it was constructed.

The interplay of the archaic Kaispeicher (quay warehouse) with the bold sweep of the glistening glass construction is the Elbphilharmonie's architectural calling card. The lower part of the building will house a car park, restaurants, a wellness and conference area for ​​the hotel and the Kaistudio (quay studio), a concert hall for 170 visitors. In the upper part of the building there will be two concert halls in addition to the hotel rooms and 45 private residences: The Great Hall with its 2,150 seats in a 'vineyard architecture' style is the heart of the Elbe Philharmonic. It stretches from the 12th to the 17th floor and is acoustically isolated from the rest of the building. The small hall with 550 seats will be used for chamber music and jazz concerts, banquets and receptions.

The former use by the port and the new cultural identity of the location create a unique connection here: Visitors are transported over an 82-metre curved escalator through the former Kaispeicher A to a plaza open to the public 37 metres above Hamburg. From there, Hamburg residents and tourists will be able to enjoy a unique 360° panoramic view of the port, the Elbe and the city. In total, this plaza alone covers 4,000 square metres, making it approximately as big as the Rathaus (Town Hall) Market.

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