Concert Hall in Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie


One of the buildings, mentioned by my teacher, was the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Designed by the famous architects of Herzog & de Meuron, this giant is truly worth noticing. The concert hall is now set to become a unique center of different social and cultural life for the people of Hamburg and for visitors from all over the world.


Like a crystal on top of a rock
Taken right out of a fairy tale


There are a lot of articles about Hamburg’s unimaginable Elbphilharmonie. Formally opened in January 2016 but has been publicly open, since November. Mostly spoken about were the same two talking points. One is the building’s shape and the other its fantastic price tag.


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The Elbe Philharmonic Hall is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg. This remarkable construction went through 16 years of planning and development. The project was held back by financial and legal issues. This beauty is worth 900 Million Dollar. You heard right. The Elbphilharmonie is one of the most expensive structures in the 21st century.


Elbphilharmonie Hamburg



This building serves a cultural and residential complex. The brick façade of a former warehouse serves as the foundation. Giving the Elbphilharmonie a lighter, glassy design results in a beautiful contrast between old and new. With a total of 26 floors, the building has the highest point of 108 meters. the highest point, located on the western side. The first eight floors within the brick façade. The frame displays a glassy exterior and a wavy roof line. The building consists of about a thousand curved windows.




The Elbphilharmonie holds three concert venues. 2’100, 550 and 150 visitors might take place in the mentioned halls. Artists will perform in the center, surrounded by the audience to give both the most delightful experience. The acoustics are designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, who was installing about 10’000 individually micro-shaped drywall plates to disperse sound waves. As a result, nobody who stands outside this Hall will be able to hear what’s going on inside.


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They say, in testing, musicians were moved almost to tears by the quality. It pulls off the rare trick, of sounding warm and precise at the same time. This must be a truly amazing experience for any artist.



Concert hall Elbphilharmonie


concert hall elbphilharmonie



If one has not a ticket in their possession, they shouldn’t fear. The Plaza is the place separating the concert halls from the old warehouse. Citizens and visitors are able to enjoy the 360° panoramic view over Hamburg on this rather particular platform. The curved windows aren’t the only thing specifically made for this diamond. A huge escalator. And by huge I literally mean the biggest escalator in Europe! An 82-meter-long, curved escalator with elaborate lighting will lead you up through the old Warehouse. So even the trip to the Plaza itself is an unbelievable amazing experience.


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Finally, I haven’t been able to visit this phenomenal building yet. But it has definitely made its way onto my bucket list.


escalator elbphilharmonie






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Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Client: Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Germany
Photographers: Iwan Baan, Maxim Schulz, and Fabian Bimmer/Reuters



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Comments · 22

  1. Wow, it’s such a beautiful building! I love the rooftop so much. I’d be super keen to hear music in the auditorium, the acoustics must be out of this world.

  2. Wow! What a gorgeous building inside and out! I can imagine being moved to tears by the sound. Music does that to me anyway, but I am sure the sound quality is AMAZING!

  3. Holy wow! Now that is a BEAUTIFUL piece of architecture! I would so visit there in a heart beat. The Elbe Philharmonic Hall is just phemon!

  4. Omg this hall is such a beautiful peice of art. Being in white makes it look extraordinary. Thanks for letting me know about this place. Will most definately try to go there

  5. Wow now that’s a building worth raving about! Such great architecture. I think my favorite part is the roof top. I can definitely see why this beauty would be on your bucket list.

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