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The »White Skin« - completed 31 January


31 January 2016: The »White Skin« is Complete
Another milestone towards an extraordinary acoustic is achieved: the 6,000 square metre - and worldwide unique - wall and ceiling membrane in the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie is finished. In addition to room geometry and materials, the »White Skin« is responsible for the perfect distribution of sound in the concert hall. It consists of 10,000 sheets of gypsum and paper, each weighing on average 70 kilograms.
More information about the Grand Hall

The Elbphilharmonie – grand opening on January 11 and 12, 2017

Right on the waterfront of the river Elbe, on the western tip of the Hafen-City, Hamburg is building a new concert hall – the Elbphilharmonie. The glass structure is built upon the massive red brick construction of the former cocoa warehouse known as the Kaispeicher A and rises up to a height of 110 metres.

The heart of the Elbphilharmonie, designed by Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron, is the Grand Hall. This world-class concert hall with a seating capacity for 2,100 guests and a height of 50 metres will provide a spectacular stage for Hamburg's vibrant music scene and stars from all over the world.

The Grand Hall is designed according to the »vineyard« layout: The orchestra takes its place in the middle of the hall while the seats for the audience rise up all around it, much like the terraced planting of vineyards.

The Recital Hall with seating for 550 is designed particularly with chamber music in mind, but also serves as an excellent venue for balls, proms or banquets. The Kaistudio with its 150 seats, located in the old warehouse structure, provides a perfect space for experimental music, lectures and workshops. It is also the centre of a spacious music education area that spreads over two floors.

In addition, the Elbphilharmonie houses a hotel, a restaurant, 45 residential flats and a Plaza where everyone can enjoy a 360° panorama view of the city. Due to the variety of the 1,100 curved and printed elements, the glass facade of the Elbphilharmonie is truly unique. The small dots printed on the surface of the panes minimize the intake of solar radiation by reflecting it. As a beautiful side effect, the glistening glass facade mirrors the surroundings of Hamburg’s new concert hall.

The Elbphilharmonie combines innovative architecture with an exceptional location, outstanding acoustics and a visionary concert programme. Already, the new concert hall inspires Hamburg’s traditional cultural scene, fosters closer bonds between its protagonists and stirs the curiosity of many people to discover the emotional power of music in all of its facets. 

Die Plaza der ElbphilharmonieThe Plaza of the Elbphilharmonie © Gilda Fernández-Wiencken

The musical vision for the Elbphilharmonie
The concert business of both the Elbphilharmonie and the renowned Laeiszhalle is under the direction of one company. Christoph Lieben-Seutter holds the position of its General and Artistic Director since 2007. Both Laeiszhalle and Elbphilharmonie will continue to host their own concert series, the Elbphilharmonie Konzerte, and will also serve as venues for the concerts of several private and public concert promoters.

Also and foremost regarding its musical profile, the Elbphilharmonie can be measured against its principal criteria of diversity, quality and approachability. As befitting for a concert hall of the 21st century, the music programme equally focuses on a vivid dialogue with the classical masterpieces as well as on the discovery of new sounds. Great stars and renowned orchestras from all over the world will perform on stage, while themed festivals, innovative performances and concert series beyond classical music break up traditional programming principles.

The NDR Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Thomas Hengelbrock will be the Orchestra in Residence of the Elbphilharmonie, while the Ensemble Resonanz holds the position as Ensemble in Residence. In addition, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra directed by Kent Nagano will perform regularly at the Elbphilharmonie, whereas the Hamburger Symphoniker become Orchestra in Residence of the venerable Laeiszhalle.

The exterior walkway of the Plaza/ The Plaza is located between the old warehouse and the new glass corpusThe exterior walkway of the Plaza / The Plaza is located between the old warehouse and the new glass corpus © Oliver Heissner

The Plaza − opening November 2016
At a height of 37 metres, the Plaza offers a marvellous 360° view over the city and the harbour to everyone from November 2016 already. Located on top of the old warehouse, it extends across approximately 4,000 square metres which is almost the entire floor area of the Elbphilharmonie. The Plaza is thus nearly as large as the market square in front of Hamburg’s Town Hall.

Not only concertgoers and hotel guests have access to the premises but everybody who feels like enjoying the view, exploring the architecture or just having coffee high over the city. The Plaza houses the hotel lobby, a bistro and an info desk. Two stairways lead up to the concert hall foyers. At the respective centres of the Plaza’s long sides, two high arches open up to a height of 8 metres. A cutout in the facade allows for a great view over the city and the harbour from here.

The way to the Plaza is an experience in itself. From the entrance on the east side of the building, an 82-metre long curved escalator leads up through the old warehouse. The ride on the ingeniously illuminated tunnel-like Tube takes the visitor directly to the gigantic panorama window that showcases the harbour and the Landungsbrücken. From there one reaches the Plaza by taking a second, 20-metre long escalator.

Opening of the Elbphilharmonie
Stay informed about everything concerning the opening of the Elbphilharmonie: Sign up for our newsletter »Ticket sale Elbphilharmonie« under www.elbphilharmonie.de/newsletter (only in German).

The Elbphilharmonie will celebrate its official opening on January 11 and 12, 2017. Ticket sales for the Elbphilharmonie start in spring 2016.

The Elbphilharmonie from the inside
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The Elbphilharmonie from inside

Video: The Elbphilharmonie Series: Part 2 answers the most frequently asked questions about the Plaza.

3D tour: Navigate your way through the Elbphilharmonie (also available as app).

3D Rundgang durch die Elbphilharmonie

Video: A vision becomes reality
ake a virtual walk through Hamburg’s new concert hall.

You can download the current image brochure of the Elbphilharmonie in our media centre or read it online. Here you can download a small informationflyer as pdf in addition.