location: hamburg, germany
project start: april 2007
sponsor: rege hamburg projekt-realisierungsgesellschaft mbh,
free and hanseatic city of hamburg
architect: herzog & de meuron, hˆhler + partner, werner kallmorge
contractors: IQ2, hochtief construction corporation, commerzleasing
The Elbe Philharmonic Hall, Hamburg, designed to house a concert building, a 250 room five-star hotel, a wellness and conference zone and 47 owner-occupied apartments, is expected to begin operations in 2012. The apartments will enjoy a spectacular view eastwards down the Elbe.
The Kaispeicher A factory building (constructed in the 1960s) upon which the hall is being constructed will maintain its original façade structure and house many of the new facilities. The roof of the larger auditorium will be constructed to look similar to a series of large glassy waves floating above the distinctive Kaispeicher A building (used to store cocoa beans).
The design of the new building (tent-like superstructure, sheathed in glass) was produced by Herzog & de Meuron in conjunction with Höhler and Werner Kallmorgen.
Hamburg city centre is undergoing redevelopment and expansion and the Hafen City is the new link to the River Elbe. Together with the International Maritime Museum Hamburg and the planned cultural facilities in theOberseequartier, Elbe Philharmonic Hall Hamburg will be the cultural heart of the HafenCity and a further highlight in the largest inner city urban development area in Europe.
In October 2005, the Hamburg Parliament voted to construct the Elbe Philharmonic concert hall. The decision followed a feasibility study, which concluded that it was both economically and technically viable to build a new concert hall on the top of Kaispeicher A. Generous support for the project has comes from patrons. The building will be completed by 2011. The entire complex, along the warehouse docks on the Elbe River, will occupy over 700,000ft².References: Elbphilharmonie Hamburg on Vimeo; www.designbuild-network.com milimetdesign – Where the convergence of unique creatives