Water, by Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron - Konzerthalle Kaispeichera
Herzog & de Meuron - Elbephilharmonie, Hamburg (Copyright Herzog & de Meuron)

Water (Photographer: Cynthia Wilson)
Water (Copyright Cynthia Wilson)

The Swiss Architects Herzog & de Meuron have proposed a new design for the Philharmonie in the HafenCity of Hamburg at the waterfront of the river Elbe - the Elbphilharmonie. On top of an old warehouse two concerthalls (a big one, and a smaller one) are positioned, plus a hotel that wraps around it all.

The form of the building echoes the water of the Elbe. The glass facade recalls the transparency of water.

Herzog & de Meuron - Philharmonie, Hamburg
Herzog & de Meuron - Elbephilharmonie, Hamburg (Copyright Herzog & de Meuron)

Herzog & de Meuron - Philharmonie, Hamburg
Herzog & de Meuron - Elbephilharmonie, Hamburg (Copyright Herzog & de Meuron)

The form of the building also looks a bit like an Ice-berg. That reading is almost too ironic, since the Port of Hamburg is regularly visited by cruise-ships that would dwarf the Titanic.

In January 2007 a slight redesign has been presented. On a special website a 3-d tour around and through the building can be made.

Herzog & de Meuron - Philharmonie, Hamburg
Herzog & de Meuron - Elbephilharmonie, Hamburg (Copyright Herzog & de Meuron)

The auditorium is designed to create a stadium-like one-room atmosphere, say the architects, in contrast to the very compartmentalized traditional concerthall design. The cone on the ceiling diverges the sound.

Herzog & de Meuron - Philharmonie, Hamburg
Herzog & de Meuron - Elbephilharmonie, Hamburg (Copyright Herzog & de Meuron)

The project is added to the Top 10Architects, and Representation pages.


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