The architectural flagship and flagship of Hafencity is the new building of the Elbphilharmonie. In the boldness of his design, the building was compared to the Sydney Opera House. The core of the building is the brick cube of an old warehouse. On the cube was placed a wave-shaped construction of glass and steel, which rises at the highest point to 110 meters. This makes the Elbphilharmonie the tallest inhabited building in the city. But not only the architecture is groundbreaking, the two concert halls are also the best in the world. At first the hamburgers were very enthusiastic about the mammoth project. But after the ground-breaking ceremony in 2007, the initial euphoria became very skeptical. This was due in particular to the enormous increase in construction costs and the permanent postponement of completion. The Elbphilharmonie was finally opened on 11 January 2017 and quickly became Hamburg's new landmark.
February 1, 2019
Since November 2016, access to the so-called PLAZA is possible for everyone. Since there is a lot of traffic, especially in fine weather or on weekends, you can pre-order tickets online. In the week you usually come relatively quickly to the, lying in 37m height viewing platform. Tickets are then available at the main entrance for free. The view of city and harbor is worth seeing.
In the area of the Plaza you will also find restaurants and a souvenir shop.
Arrival by train (subway Baumwall), bicycle or harbor ferry 72.
December 29, 2016
Sinfully expensive piece of jewelry, but everyone was happy to see them finished. Even if you do not attend a concert, the visit to the Plaza is a dream. It is worth to circle the viewing platform completely to get versatile views. The visit is free.
July 19, 2017
Originally stood in the square of the Kaiserspeicher. For a long time, the west tower of the Kaiserspeicher with its time ball was the landmark of the harbor. Captains set their marine chronometer afterwards. During the Second World War, the main building was badly damaged, only the tower remained intact.
In 1963 the ruin was blown up. Between 1963 and 1966, the new Kaispeicher A was built according to designs by Werner Kallmorgen. It is an example of the architecture of post-war modernism in Hamburg. The building was used to store cocoa, tobacco and tea, but lost its original use with the transfer of general cargo to other parts of the port. In everyday life he was therefore often called cocoa bunker. This use ended in 1990 completely. The three half-gantries renovated by a circle of friends at the eastern end of the Elbkais are quasi-witnesses of this period.
The Elbphilharmonie project is the result of a private initiative by project developer Alexander Gérard and his wife, art historian Jana Marko. They developed the idea and usage conception and introduced it to the Hamburg Senate as an alternative to the then planned "Media City Port" in October 2001.
Construction began in 2007 and after enormous cost explosion and construction freeze, the key handover (according to a new contract) on 31/10/2016 was met. The inauguration of the Great Hall and the entire building was celebrated on January 11, 2017 with the concert "Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit" by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester.
Now this gem shines over the harbor and no one asks more about the cost. Visiting the plaza is free and breathtaking views over harbor. This building will captivate many more.
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January 3, 2018
Hamburg's new, not without controversial landmark is an expression of the competition between cities, which has captured many major cities since the 1990s. By the turn of the century, it was clear that old landmarks like the Michel were no longer a lighthouse in this 21st century competition because they were too old. That's why, as in previous centuries, the city took over a lot of money to set a new sign: 789 million from the city's budget have come to an end.
August 9, 2017
The Elbphilharmonie (also called "Elphi" or "Elbphi" for short) is a concert hall that was completed in November 2016 in Hamburg. It was planned with the aim of creating a new landmark of the city and a "cultural monument for all". The 110-meter-high building in HafenCity district is located on the right bank of the Norderelbe at the tip of the Großer Grasbrook between the mouths of Sandtorhafen and Grasbrookhafen. It was built using the shell of the former Kaispeicher A (built in 1963). On this pedestal was set up a modern structure with a glass facade reminiscent of sails, water waves or a quartz crystal. The location on the Kaiserhöft is characterized by the former industrial harbor use and the neo-Gothic brick architecture of the Speicherstadt.
The concept of the concert hall goes back to an idea of the Hamburg project developer Alexander Gérard. The construction was then decided in 2007 by the citizenship under Mayor Ole von Beust. The design and planning of the Philharmonic are mainly from the architects Herzog & de Meuron. The client was the Elbphilharmonie Bau KG, whose limited partner and main financier is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg with tax revenue. The building was built on behalf of the construction company Hochtief.
The completion of the building was scheduled after a multi-year run for the year 2010, but was delayed several times, u. a. also due to a one and a half year freeze in the public area. Only after an extensive project reorganization between the architects, the builders and the construction company shortly after the election of the mayor Olaf Scholz, was further built after the construction freeze. Due to the delays in construction and the exceeding of the originally estimated construction costs (the construction costs were at the end slightly more than 11.24 times the originally planned amount of 77 million euros), the Elbphilharmonie became well-known nationally long before completion. The date agreed in the new contract for the handover of the keys and keys on October 31, 2016 was complied with.
May 13, 2018
The Elbphilharmonie is the new cultural landmark of Hamburg. Between the brick base and the glass structure, at 37 meters, there is a public space that serves as the access level for the foyer of the concert halls and the hotel. From there you have an interesting view of the harbor and Speicherstadt.
In the eastern part of the 6th to the 20th floor of the building is the four-star plus hotel "The Westin Hamburg" with 244 rooms.
Apart from the Störtebeker gastronomy there are further gastronomic offers in the hotel and in the concert area of the Elbphilharmonie.
In addition to the cultural use of the concert halls and the music education sector, there are 45 high-end residential units in the building, which are among the most expensive in the city with purchase prices of up to 10 million euros.
April 14, 2018
From Hamburg landmark to Hamburg landmark. The view is generally worthwhile over Hamburg. Once you walk around the balustrade of Elbphi you have not only a nice view of the Michel, the towers of other churches are also easily recognizable. The views of the Elbe and parts of the harbor are also worth seeing. Not necessarily the sun must shine.
April 15, 2018
The observation deck goes around the building all around, so you have the great view in all directions. There is a self-service café. You can take a drink outside and sit outside very nicely. At the bottom of the entrance you need a ticket, this is free and serves only for counting, so that not too many people enter the platform.
If you want the view from the water on the Elbphilharmonie, then you go by ferry from the station Elbphilharmonie to the jetties, the ferry first goes to a station opposite the Elbphilharmonie and then over to the jetties.
April 19, 2019
The Elbphilharmonie, in short "Elphi", is a concert hall in Hamburg completed in November 2016. It was planned with the aim of creating a new landmark of the city and a "cultural monument for all". The 110-meter-high building in HafenCity district is located on the right bank of the Norderelbe at the tip of the Großer Grasbrook between the mouths of Sandtorhafen and Grasbrookhafen. It was built using the shell of the former Kaispeicher A (built in 1963). Contrary to the very first plans, the former storage building was completely gutted. Only the listed facade and parts of the foundations have been preserved. On this pedestal was set up a modern structure with a glass facade reminiscent of sails, water waves or a quartz crystal. The load-distributing floor slab of the building is based on 1732 piles, which were rammed deep into the Elbe floor. The 12,500 t heavy, independent structure of the Great Concert Hall is completely decoupled from the entire building with a total of 342 steel spring packages at the bottom and 34 in the roof area. The glass facade has a total of 1100 individual glass elements, each consisting of four panes of glass. All panes received a built-in light and heat protection by printed screened films. 595 glass elements are individually curved. One of these glass windows cost about 72,000 euros.
The Great Hall follows the principle of a "vineyard architecture", which goes back to the architect Hans Scharoun and his design of the Berlin Philharmonic Hall (1957). In this design, the stage is slightly offset in the middle of the hall, while the vineyard-like rising ranks group around it. There is no seat in the Elbphilharmonie more than 30 meters away from the conductor's desk. The hall is 25 meters high.
The internationally renowned acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota was hired to achieve the best possible sound effect for this room.
The organ in the Great Hall was built by the organ builder Johannes Klais Orgelbau (Bonn).
The Small Hall has wall panels made of milled and arched oakwood from the Loire Valley. It serves primarily for the performance of chamber music and is also open to other uses such as jazz concerts or banquets.Source: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbphilharmonie
June 2, 2018
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