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Elbphilharmonie, Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie

Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie, popularly nicknamed Elphi, is a concert hall in the Hafencity quarter of Hamburg, Germany, on the Grasbrück peninsula on the Elbe River. It is one of the largest in the world. The new glassy construction resembles a raised sail, water wave, iceberg or quartz crystal on top of an old brick warehouse near historic Speicherstadt. The project is the result of a personal initiative by architect and real estate developer Alexandre Gerard and his wife Jana Marko, an art historian, who commissioned the original design by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, to develop and promote the project. The City of Hamburg decided to develop the project itself for up to 3.5 years. It is the flagship project of Hamburg's new Hafencity development and the tallest residential building with a final height of 108 meters. The LB Philharmonic was officially inaugurated with a concert by the NDR LB Philharmonic Orchestra and a light show on 11 January 2017.

Elbphilharmonie Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Hamburg

On 2 April 2007, the foundation stone was laid at the warehouse Kaispiecher A[d] in the presence of the then first mayor of Hamburg, Ole von Beust, project coordinator for the city of Hamburg Hartmut Wegener, Hener Mahlstedt, CEO of Hochtief Construction AG (dismissed in 2008 for mismanagement of the project is), Hamburg's Minister of Culture Karin von Welk and architect Pierre de Meuron.

Elbphilharmonie Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Hamburg

In 2007, construction was scheduled to be completed by 2010 with an estimated cost of 241 million euros. In November 2008, after revisions to the original contract, the cost for the project was estimated at €450 million. In August 2012, costs were re-estimated to be over €500 million, which would also cover increased costs for a reinforced roof. Construction officially ended on 31 October 2016 at a cost of €866 million.

Elbphilharmonie Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Hamburg

The building is designed as a cultural and residential complex. The original 1966 brick facade of Kaispeicher A, formerly a warehouse, is preserved at the base of the building. Above it a footprint-matching superstructure rests on its own foundation that displays a glazed exterior and an undulating roofline. About a thousand curved glass windows. The building has 26 floors with the first eight floors having a brick front. It reaches a height of 108 meters (354 ft) on the western side. The footprint of the building measures 120,000 square meters (1.3 million square feet). A curved escalator from the main entrance on the east side connects the ground floor to an observation deck, the Plaza, on the 8th floor, at the top of the brick section. The plaza is accessible to the public. It offers a view over Hamburg and the Elbe. The foyer of the concert hall is accessible from the plaza.

Elbphilharmonie Top-Rated Tourist Attraction in Hamburg

Additional information of Elbphilharmonie

Address: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Coordinates: 53°32′29″N 9°59′03″E

Type: Concert hall

Capacity: 2,100 (Großer Saal)

Opened: 11 January 2017

Construction cost: 866 million €

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron

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