Elphilharmonie (Elbe Philarmonic)
Curved and cut panels of glass make this building look like an immense crystal with an appearance that keeps changing as it captures and combines reflections from the sky, the water and the city.
The Elbphilharmonie on the Kaispeicher in the midst of Hamburg’s HafenCity marks a location that was known to the public but not really accessible. The Kaispeicher was still in use as a warehouse until the end of the last century, while the new building has been extruded from the shape of the Kaispeicher. The broad, undulating shape of the roof rises to a total height of 110 m at the Kaispitze (the tip of the peninsula), sloping down to the eastern end, where the roof is 30 m lower.
In contrast to the stoic brick façade of the Kaispeicher, the Philharmonic, clad in variously curved and cut panels of glass, looks like an immense crystal, whose appearance keeps changing as it captures and combines reflections from the sky, the water and the city.
Herzog & de Meuron, Hamburg
Höhler + Partner, Hamburg
R + R Fuchs, Ingenieurbüro für
Types of Glazing and Quantity
Façade with spherically curved double glazed units with Super Spacer® TriSeal™; Loggia façade as Unitized Curtain Wall System Plaza façade.
Eye-catching FaÇade with spherically curved double glazed units