Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg, Germany) in 2016, by Robert Katzki.jpg
AddressPlatz der Deutschen Einheit
20457 Hamburg, Germany[1]
Coordinates53°32′29″N 9°59′03″E / 53°32′29″N 9°59′03″E / 53.54139; 9.98417
Public transitU 3 Baumwall (450 m)
  72   Elbphilharmonie (50 m)
U 4 Überseequartier (950 m)
BusBus Am Kaiserkai (150 m)
TypeConcert hall
Capacity2,100 (Großer Saal)[2]
Opened11 January 2017
Construction cost789 million
ArchitectHerzog & de Meuron

The Elbphilharmonie (About this sound German pronunciation ) (unofficial literal English translation: Elbe Philharmonic Hall) is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, Germany, on the Grasbrook (de) peninsula of the Elbe River. It is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.[citation needed] It is popularly[citation needed] nicknamed Elphi.

The new glassy construction resembles a hoisted sail, water wave or quartz crystal; it sits on top of an old warehouse building (Kaispeicher A, built 1963) near the historical Speicherstadt and is designed by architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.[3][4] It is the tallest inhabited building in Hamburg, with a final height of 108 metres (354 ft).[2]

The Elbphilharmonie was officially inaugurated with concerts of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and a light show on 11 January 2017.[5][6][7]


On 2 April 2007, the foundation stone was laid in the warehouse Kaispeicher A (de), in the 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.[8][9] In November 2008, after the original contract was amended, the costs for the project were estimated at €450 million.[10] In August 2012, the costs 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.[11]

The first public test concert at the Elbphilharmonie was held on 25 November 2016.[12] The official opening concert took place on 11 January 2017 with a performance by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under direction of Thomas Hengelbrock.[13] The first musical selection was "Pan" from Benjamin Britten's Six Metamorphoses after Ovid.[13]

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