Hamburg Philharmonic Gets New Home

In a move reminiscent of Norman Foster’s Hearst Building in New York City, Herzog and deMeuron are attempting to provide a new home for the Hamburg Philharmonic in Hamburg, Germany. The design is intended to sit atop a 1960’s brick warehouse along the waterfront of the port of Hamburg. The complex dubbed the Elbphilharmonie will house 2 concert halls, a hotel, several private loft residences and shops. In conjunction with the International Maritime Museum Hamburg the cultural complex should provide both a new node to the city center as well as economic stimulation to the waterfront area.

Elbphilharmonie by the numbers:

Gross floor area: approx. 119,000 m2
Existing building: approx. 58,000 m2
New building: approx. 61,000 m2
Gross volume: approx. 475,110 m3

Large concert hall seats: approx. 2.150
Small concert hall seats: approx. 550

Highest point of structure: 107 m
Height of Interior Plaza: 37 m

Loft dwellings: approx. 50
Hotel rooms: approx. 210

Parking bays: approx. 570

Scheduled for completion in 2008

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