The Architecture of Sound

The unique architecture of the Elbphilharmonie – viewed from twelve angles.

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Elbphilharmonie Cross-Section

The Elbphilharmonie at a glance : Facts and figures

An 82-meter long tube housing the escalator, a plaza with a 360° panoramic view, concert halls, a hotel, the Kaistudios: a cross section through a building of superlatives.

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Behind the scenes : Virtual tours

Experience architectural highlights from your couch at home: the Elbphilharmonie guides present some of the most interesting corners of the two Hamburg concert halls.

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Christoph Lieben-Seutter

Accompany the director on a stroll through the building : Lieben's favourite places

No-one knows the building as well as he does: Elbphilharmonie director Christoph Lieben-Seutter shows us three of his favourite parts of the Elbphilharmonie. (English subtitles available)

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Documentary : From vision to reality

»It was really important to us from the word go that the Elbphilharmonie be a place where everyone is welcome«, says architect Pierre de Meuron. A one-hour NDR documentary shows the development and construction of the building.

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Grand Hall

This is what the sound is like : The acoustics of the Elbphilharmonie

Is the sound really equally good no matter where you sit? And what's the story with the banners of fabric? The most frequently-asked questions about the acoustics in the Grand Hall.

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Credit: Kai-Uwe Gundlach

A different perspective : A second glance

One picture, several viewpoints: Photographer Kai-Uwe Gundlach’s series of pictures blends different impressions with one another.

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Film documentary : In search of the perfect acoustics

Where is the best sound? The Aris Quartet spent three days in the Elbphilharmonie looking for the perfect place for a recording. The four musicians found it, but not inside the concert hall…

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Away from the concert platform : Elbphilharmonie Sessions

Exclusive music videos recorded in special locations – in the Elbphilharmonie Sessions, selected artists show what the Elbphilharmonie sounds like away from the concert platform.

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Concertgebouworkest

Video on Demand : Watch concerts at any time

The musical heart of the building beats in the Grand Hall. Concerts given here are also regularly filmed and broadcast via streaming.

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Away from the Elbphilharmonie

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Concert halls worldwide : The Elbphilharmonie’s sisters

From Tokyo via New York to Vienna: An overview of the world's most spectacular concert halls and their visionary architects.

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Podcast »Offstage« : Creativity and town planning

The city as a living organism: architect and town planner Julia Erdmann tells in this podcast how creative spaces come about and why they are so important for people.

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Interview with Jacques Herzog : The city of the future

A podium talk with the Elbphilharmonie architect Jacques Herzog and Olaf Scholz, for many years Mayor of Hamburg.

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NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester / Paavo Järvi
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Video on demand from 27 Nov 2020 : NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester / Paavo Järvi

The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra plays a purely French programme including works by Francis Poulenc und Maurice Ravel.

Elbphilharmonie Advent calendar

24 little doors to open – one for every day of Advent.

Video-Portrait: Thomas Adès

Zeitgenössische klassische Musik, die Menschen erreicht – die gibt es! Ein Portrait über den britischen Komponisten Thomas Adès.