herzog & de meuron's elbphilharmonie moves to completion ahead of 2017 opening
herzog & de meuron's elbphilharmonie moves to completion ahead of 2017 opening
feb 10, 2016
herzog & de meuron's elbphilharmonie moves to completion ahead of 2017 opening



herzog & de meuron’s elbphilharmonie moves to completion ahead of 2017 opening
image © thies rätzke

 

 

 

hamburg’s elbphilharmonie concert hall has moved a step closer to completion after the application of its ‘white skin’ interiors. designed by swiss architects herzog & de meuron, the venue is set to open on january 11, 2017. as part of the construction process, final work is still being carried out on the 6,000 square meter wall and ceiling cladding. this also involves the installation of the organ, which is currently underway.

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the venue is set to open in january 2017
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after construction began in 2007, the project targeted an initial completion date of 2010. the scheme’s elevated 4,000 square meter plaza will open to the public in november 2016, with the concert hall to open two months later.

 

‘we are now well on schedule,’ commented hamburg senator for culture prof. barbara kisseler. this has been the result of excellent collaboration between all stakeholders since the project was completely reorganized a good three years ago. while we will be able to enjoy the stunning sound in the elbphilharmonie hamburg in a little less than a year, it is clear even now that the elbphilharmonie is establishing itself as an architectural jewel in hamburg.’

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the concert hall viewed from across the water
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herzog & de meuron developed the specific surface structure of the walls and ceiling through extensive material research and numerous conceptual studies. the highly dense and extremely heavy engineered gypsum fiberboard panels reflect sound, which is then directed and scattered by the countless seashell-shaped milled depressions.

 

the dissemination of sound in a concert hall is decisive for the quality of acoustics,’ explains jacques herzog of herzog & de meuron. ‘in order to achieve this, the geometry of the room, the materials used and the surface structure must be perfectly in tune. it is this particular structure and the seamless transition between the walls and the ceiling that lend the concert hall its somewhat natural characteristics.’

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construction work began on site in 2007
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the architecture of the grand hall creates a spatial proximity between the audience and the artists, with a maximum distance of just 30 meters (98 feet). ‘the completion of the white skin once again confirms the uniqueness of the grand hall, which is the centerpiece of the elbphilharmonie,’ adds general director christoph lieben-seutter. ‘the spatial impression is fantastic. the hall appears both intimate and generous, and its organic shape makes it an ideal place for great artistic performances.’

 

see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

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the much-anticipated project will include a 250-room hotel
image © thies rätzke

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45 waterfront residential units will also be incorporated
image © thies rätzke

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the scheme’s elevated plaza will open to the public in november 2016
image © oliver heissner

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the ‘white skin’ interiors have been applied
image © johannes arlt

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final work is still being carried out on the wall and ceiling cladding
image © johannes arlt

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dense gypsumfibre board panels reflect sound
image © johannes arlt

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public circulation space
image © oliver heissner

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sculptural glazing protects against strong winds
image © oliver heissner

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the elevated plaza is at a height of 30 meters
image © oliver heissner

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a panoramic view of the city and the adjacent harbor is presented
image © oliver heissner

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the building shown within the city’s existing urban fabric 
image © gilda fernández-wiencken

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