The Elbphilharmonie - a New Landmark for Hamburg
Roofing ceremony for a spectacular concert hall
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During a Roofing ceremony on 28 and 29 May the northern German metropolis Hamburg will present with the "Elbphilharmonie" its new concert house to the public. More than 5,000 guests will gain an insight into the making of this unique concert house. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, the magnificent building is to become Hamburg's newest landmark.
The daring harmony of Kaispeicher A, this historic redbrick monument, and the cool, glass-bodied design will be Hamburg's new architectural gem. Located right on the Elbe River, this 110 metres high building combines tradition and modernity. The building complex is constructed on approx. 1,700 reinforced concrete piles. It comprises three concert halls, one hotel, 45 flats and the Plaza, a public square elevated 37 metres above the river, with an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of the city.
At the core of the Elbphilharmonie lies one of Europe's most challenging building projects: an acoustically superior concert hall for 2,150 people that stands 50 metres above the river. With its unique location, the building can be regarded as an unprecedented work of art.
Even now, during construction, the Elbphilharmonie is attracting worldwide attention. Under the artistic direction of Christoph Lieben-Seutter, it aims at becoming one of the world's finest music venues. The building is part of one of Europe's largest urban development projects, HafenCity Hamburg, and can be considered an icon of this booming port city. Moreover, it also portrays the public spirit of the Hamburg citizens: from among those €400 million construction costs, more than €77 million alone has been covered by donations and further revenues. The building will be accomplished by the year 2012 (www.elbphilharmonie-bau.de, www.elbphilharmonie.de).