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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 2,073 (Großer Saal)
Opened planned for 12 January 2017
Architect Herzog & de Meuron

The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall 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] It is the tallest inhabited building of Hamburg, with a final height of 110 metres (360 ft). It is popularly nicknamed Elphi.


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, after the original contract was amended, 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.

Construction work officially ended on 31 October 2016 at a cost of €789 million, with an announced opening date of 11 January 2017.[6]

The easternmost part of the building will be rented by Westin Hamburg hotel, scheduled to open in November 2016.[7] The upper floors west of the concert hall will accommodate 45 apartments.

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

Public transport[edit]

The nearest rail station is Baumwall on Hamburg Metro line 3, 400 metres (1,300 ft) away. The nearest bus stop is Am Kaiserkai, 150 metres (490 ft) away.

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 11/12 January 2017, web.de
  7. ^ http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3579

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