Let The Music Play: A Peep Inside Germany's Iconic Concert Hall Elbphilharmonie
The German city of Hamburg has been in news recently for opening one of the biggest cultural centres in the world. The structure is an acoustically advanced concert hall and the cultural centre that is being admired worldwide for its architectural beauty. This building, named Elbphilharmonie or Elphi, was officially completed on October 31 last year, and was opened for the public on January 11 this year.
Let's have look at some of the remarkable features of the iconic structure:
- The foundation of the structure, which is designed by architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, is built on top of an eight-storey warehouse, named Kaispeicher. The original brick façade of the warehouse, which was built 1966, has been retained while constructing the new building. Together with the old structure, the building now has 26 floors, and is 108-metre tall.
- The structure has three concert halls — the Recital Hall, the Great Concert Hall and the Kaistudio. The Great Concert Hall, which is designed in the vineyard style, can accommodate an audience of 21,000. The acoustics in the Great Hall has been designed by Yasuhisa Toyota. He has installed 10,000 individually micro-shaped drywall plates in order to disperse sound waves.
- The exterior of the building is made of nearly 1,000 curved glass windows. On the other hand, the complex of Elbphilharmonie also boasts conference rooms, restaurants, bars and a spa.
- The eastern portion of the Elbphilharmonie has been rented by hospitality major Westin.
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