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The Elbphilharmonie Plaza is now even more worth a visit than before, thanks to the new Smart Table.

Strolling round the outside of the Plaza twice, a detailed study of the dockland cranes on one side and the many church towers on the other side of the building, a looting of the Plaza Shop…the Elbphilharmonie experience inevitably ends for the visitor without a concert ticket at the bottom of the cordoned-off staircase leading up to the concert halls.

The Smart Table powered by SAP – just recently landed on the Plaza to enable people without concert tickets to see more of the Elbphilharmonie.

The Smart Table is a digital infotainment table with three individually operated consoles. Visitors can discover the Elbphilharmonie in different ways: from a high-speed drone flight to a detailed picture gallery. When constructing the table, special attention was paid to making it simple to use, with intuitive functions. The Smart Table also has a special console fully accessible for wheelchair users and persons with limited mobility. Furthermore, all instructions and other texts are in German and English. The Smart Table is a joint project of the Elbphilharmonie and its principal sponsor, the software company SAP.

SAP has been one of the Elbphilharmonie's principal sponsors since January 2017, and its main goal is to transfer its technological developments to the concert hall. Among other  innovations, SAP has already installed a digital guest book.

Browse the digital guest book

Getting Close to the Organ

One special highlight is definitely the interactive organ, which gives users the chance to slip into the role of the organist in the Grand Hall.

In order to reproduce the original sound of the organ in as much detail as possible, individual notes were meticulously recorded and then rendered playable in digital form. Thus the visitor can play eight original stops of the Elbphilharmonie organ, from the filigree flute to a tremendous tutti.

And if you don't feel confident enough to be an organ virtuoso yet, you can also discover interesting facts about the building while you play.

Interactive Organ
Interactive Organ © Peter Hundert

Entrance to the Concert Halls Without a Ticket

Based on a 3D model of the Elbphilharmonie that is accurate in every detail, the Smart Table also offers people the opportunity to discover the building intuitively.

The history of the old quayside warehouse Kaispeicher, information on the architects or interesting details about the interior – the most important facts about the building are conveyed in short texts and picture galleries.

Special attention is paid to the Elbphilharmonie's two concert halls – the Smart Table's large screens allow you to view the halls in 360°. Adopt the perspective of the conductor in the Grand Hall and direct your glance at the organ, the sound reflector and the famous »White Skin«.

The Smart Table on the Plaza

Smart Table

Exploring the Grand Hall

Three Consoles in Action

Smart Table

Content for All Visitors

Lofty Heights

If a view of the Grand Hall's ceiling isn't enough for you, you can set your sights even higher. The Smart Table also offers an amazing panorama of the Hamburg skyline, seen from the highest point of the Elbphilharmonie.

Here, visitors interested in the city's music history can follow in the footsteps of Gustav Mahler or plan their next visit to a museum: the Hamburg cultural scene can best be taken in from a bird's-eye perspective.

Last but not least, the Smart Table also shows the Elbphilharmonie's sought-after artists' guest book and the concert programme for the next few weeks, and you can take the joystick for a high-speed drone flight. All in all, plenty of reasons to visit the Elbphilharmonie Plaza soon!

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