Elbe Philharmonic Hall

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Elbe Philharmonic Hall
Die Elbphilharmonie - 21.07.2015.jpg
Elbphilharmonie (July 2015)
Address Am Kaiserkai
20457 Hamburg, Germany
Coordinates 53°32′29″N 9°59′03″E / 53.54139°N 9.98417°E / 53.54139; 9.98417Coordinates: 53°32′29″N 9°59′03″E / 53.54139°N 9.98417°E / 53.54139; 9.98417
Public transit U3Hamburg U3.svg Baumwall (450 m)
  72   Elbphilharmonie (50 m)
Type concert hall
Capacity 2,150 (Großer Konzertsaal)
Current use under construction
Opened planned for 12 January 2017
Architect Herzog & de Meuron

The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall under construction in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, Germany. The new construction sits on top of an old warehouse building (Kaispeicher A) and is designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.[1][2] When completed, it will be the tallest inhabited building of Hamburg, with a final height of 110 metres (360 ft).


On 2 April 2007, the foundation stone was laid in the warehouse Kaispeicher A, in presence of then First Mayor of Hamburg Ole von Beust, Hochtief Construction AG CEO Henner Mahlstedt, Hochtief project coordinator Hartmut Wegener, Hamburg Minister of Culture Karin von Welck and architect Pierre de Meuron.

In 2007, the construction was scheduled to be finished by 2010 with an estimated cost of €241 million.[3][4] In November 2008, as an endorsement to the original contract, the costs for the project were estimated at €450 million.[5] In August 2012, the cost were re-estimated to be over €500 million, which should also cover the increased cost for a strengthened roof.

As of December 2014, construction work is scheduled to end in October 2016 at a cost of €789 million, with an announced opening date of 12 January 2017.[6]

The easternmost part of the building will be rented by Westin Hamburg hotel, scheduled to open in October 2016.[7] The upper floors west of the concert hall will accommodate apartments.

View across the roofs of Altstadt, pass the tower of St. Katharinen, the Speicherstadt, onto Elbphilharmonie and port (2011).

Ferry services[edit]

Aerial view (May 2013), Elbphilharmonie Pier visible in the top right corner

Elbphilharmonie is the name of a ferry pier, reachable from Hamburg's St. Pauli Piers.

Preceding pier   HADAG   Following pier
toward St. Pauli (Landungsbrücken)
 72  Terminus
St. Pauli (Landungsbrücken)
weekend service only
  Willkomm-Höft (Wedel)
One-way operation
"boat icon" Ferry services
toward St. Pauli (Landungsbrücken)
  Maritime Circle Line   HafenCity (Elbarkaden)
One-way operation


  1. ^ Staff (2007-04-05), River Tunes: Elbe Philharmonic Hall by Herzog & de Meuron, ArchNewsNow.com, retrieved 2008-08-23 
  2. ^ Jaeger, Falk (May 2008), Waterfront Living and Working: Hamburg's HafenCity, Goethe-Institut, archived from the original on 2008-06-02, retrieved 2008-08-23 
  3. ^ "Start für Entkernung der Elbphilharmonie" (in German). Die Welt. 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Hamburgs Wahrzeichen wird gebaut" (in German). Die Welt. 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  5. ^ Mischke, Joachim (2008-11-27), "Preis des Prestigeprojekts steigt weiter.", Hamburger Abendblatt (in German), retrieved 2009-03-12 
  6. ^ Opening concert for Elphi on 12 January 2017, Hamburger Abendblatt
  7. ^ http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3579

External links[edit]

Media related to Elbphilharmonie at Wikimedia Commons
Media related to Kaispeicher A at Wikimedia Commons