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The Smart Table on the Elbphilharmonie Plaza

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

With the Smart Table on the Elbphilharmonie’s public viewing platform Plaza, specially developed for us by SAP, you can play the organ, fly through the concert hall with a drone and find out all kinds of interesting stuff about the Elbphilharmonie’s architecture and its history.

The Smart Table is a digital infotainment table with three individually operated consoles. Visitors can explore the Elbphilharmonie in different ways, ranging 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.

Features of the Smart Table

1. Getting Close to the Organ

One special highlight is 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.

Smart Table
Interactive Organ © Peter Hundert

2. 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 or focus on the organ, the sound reflector and the famous »White Skin«.

The software company SAP has been one of the Elbphilharmonie's principal sponsors since January 2017.

The Smart Table on the Plaza
Smart Table Smart Table © Peter Hundert
Exploring the Grand Hall
Smart Table Smart Table © Peter Hundert
Three Consoles in Action
Smart Table Smart Table © Peter Hundert
Content for All Visitors
Smart Table Smart Table © Peter Hundert

3. 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.

4. Guest Book

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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