Back in 2007 the City Council of Hamburg approved the constructing project for a new philharmonic hall. Finally, its building is over and on the 11th of January, 2017 it was officially opened by the first concert of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Elbe Philharmonic Hall is not just a concert hall. It marked the starting of a new era in the Port of Hamburg. The constructing stands out among other buildings of the port, but still blends in with the surrounding scenery. Thanks to a wonderful mixture of shape and colour it looks gorgeous, and in specific thanks to a wavy shape of the roof, which adds the sense of motion to the clear outline of the creating front.
This splendid architecture is a fruit of operate of a Swiss bureau – Herzog & de Meuron. Its tinkerers generated an thought to produce a new philharmonic hall above the old red brick constructing of a former warehouse constructed in 1960s. Conveniently situated on the Grasbrook peninsula of the Elbe River, it needed main repairs anyway, and now formed a excellent foundation for a modern day light superstructure.
If you look at the building from the west side, it appears extremely sophisticated, practically fragile and fairly compact, in spite of its height of 110 meters. But from the east side the building appears to be losing height and standing firmly on its foundation.
An impressive main concert hall seats up to 2,150 people and its interior ideally interprets the crucial concept of the architects – striving for participation and integration. The hall is planned on a “hillside vineyard” principle: the stage is positioned in the middle and the audience is seated around it on sort of “terraces”. Maximum distance in between any viewer and an orchestra conductor is 30 meters. The interior is decorated with more than 10,000 plaster panels of grayish beige color, and each of them is bespoke. As a result, every single recess, each hollow has its peculiar shape, letting the sound distribute about the hall, embracing the complete audience. All this tends to make the Elbe Philharmonic Hall one of the most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.