Now it rises like a monument from the new residential area at the port of Hamburg but the construction has seemed like a never-ending story. We are talking about the spectacular concert hall Elbphilharmonie of Hamburg. The architects built it on the base of the former Kaiserspeicher. At the western tip of HafenCity, this new glass building soars high into the sky. It is a new home not only for two concert halls, but there you can find a hotel and numerous luxury apartments also. There is a platform between the storage and the newly constructed part of the huge building. This platform is a public square where visitors can enjoy the view of the harbour and sea.
A Hall Like Never Before
The large concert hall of the Elbphilharmonie is spectacular. Its white facade ensures the exceptional sound of this concert venue. This wall-covering material consists of 10,000 precisely milled gypsum fibreboards that reflect the music in every corner of the room. Since its opening, not only the greatest stars of classical music have played here, but also numerous greats musicians from the worlds of rock or pop music. The architects made the plan of the Elbphilharmonie based on models of the ancient theatre of Delphi, as a result, it was designed as a sports stadium and a tent.
The location of the Elbphilharmonie is historically significant. In 1875, the most massive warehouse in Hamburg was built here, and it was called the Kaiserspeicher. This warehouse was used to store tobacco, tea, and coffee. Now the new 1,000 curved and printed facade elements are the company’s new calling card. They have transformed the building into a gigantic crystal. That reflects the colours and lights of the sky and water. The loggias of the apartments are defined as panes and stand out from the architecture.
The Sound Inspires
From the Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie, visitors come into the foyers of the Great and Small Hall. You can found the architectural concept of the house while visiting the Great Hall also. Its numerous stair foyers extend over many floors. They are laid out around the concert hall and impress with their lighting effects. They also provide a unique view of the room, the harbour, and the whole skyline of Hamburg. The Great Hall is designed in a specific way, so the audience and the musicians are exceptionally close during the performance. No visitor sits further than 30 meters from the conductor. Due to its exceptional acoustic properties and a reflector in the middle of the vaulted ceiling, the pure sound is guaranteed. The plans for the construction of the Elbphilharmonie occurred in 2001. According to the first plan, the concert hall should be opened in 2010, and the estimated cost should be around 77 million euros. But there were some delays in the stage of implementation, as a result, the costs were rising steadily. In the end, the construction cost 789 million euros to the taxpayers, and the opening ceremony of the Elbphilharmonie took place in 2017.