As Hamburg’s incredible new concert hall Elbphilharmonie is set to open in January, a new viewing platform in the building has just opened to the public.
The Elbphilharmonie Plaza’s observation deck sits between the lower building – a former warehouse – and the incredible glass structure above. The plaza is designed as a public square concept and is located 37 metres above ground level. Visitors can head up to the deck via an 82-metre-long, curved escalator which leads to a large panorama window. From there, there is a second smaller escalator and stairs to the plaza itself, where there is an exterior walkway around the building that offers views of the city and the harbour.
The plaza officially opened over the weekend, with musical performances and celebrations. It’s the first step in opening the incredible facility, which will include three concert halls, a musical education area, places to eat and drink, a hotel and the public plaza.
Herzog & de Meuron, the Swiss architects behind the incredible concert hall, said in a statement that the plaza’s special significance is a place where anyone is welcome: “The Elbphilharmonie is much more than just a spectacular concert hall. It is a unique place, which reflects Hamburg’s social and cultural life. With the Plaza, we wanted to create a place for everyone with a unique panorama: the outward-looking design of the spacious terrace, sprawling on the warehouse like a new public square, counterbalances the inward focus of the philharmonic hall above it”. The Elbphilharmonie will open in January with its inaugural musical performances. But the concert hall isn’t Herzog & de Meuron’s only incredible building.
In June, the Tate Modern in London opened its new Switch House, as an extension to the building that was designed by the architects.
Their incredible touch even extended to a parking garage on Lincoln Road in Miami, which opened in 2010.
When Pérez Art Museum Miami relocated in 2013 to a new building, the new structure was also designed by the architecture firm.
They’ve even collaborated with famous artists like Ai Weiwei on the Beijing National Stadium.
A Prada store in Tokyo was designed by the architects, which the fashion house says is the “first building by Herzog & de Meuron in which the structure, space, and façade form a single unit”.
And to see even more of the Elbphilharmonie before its grand opening, it can be toured virtually on the Google Cultural Institute.