Architecture Fix: Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg, Image Source designboom.com

Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg, Image Source designboom.com

Opening of The Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall

2017 may be some way away… And in an age where digital music is at the helm of popular culture and classical music at the vanguard, it may seem a bit extravagant for a European city to invest (to the tune of nearly €800 million) in creating a state-of-the-art musical concert hall…

But then again, maybe it isn’t such an extravagance and will instead be the first of the futuristic concert halls that many a science fiction writer has envisaged, and one which will play host to inter-galactic operas and concerts (let’s get really ‘blue sky’ thinking here)… I can’t help but recall scenes out of the movies “The Fifth Element” and “Star Wars”:

The Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg will open in January 2017, following a decade of construction and conversion of the former warehouse near Hamburg’s Elbe River.

Herzog & Meuron’s original price tag to the project was €77 million, but according to the Hamburg Senate, the expected final price will be approximately €789 million (a portion of that will be covered by investors).

Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg, Image Source designboom.com

Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg, Image Source designboom.com

The clip below gives you a sense of the level of technical innovation in the design and building of The Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall.

So, what are your thoughts about this impressive feat of architecture and sound engineering: Doomed to be an architectural white elephant, or at the forefront of progressive and innovative musical performance?

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