While architects used to be mostly in charge of technical details and worked in the background, they have in our modern day and age often achieved fame with many an unusual design. This is often due to their increasing collaboration with artists. Two good examples of this are, without a doubt, the Swiss architects who designed the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg: Herzog & de Meuron.
From Basel to the rest of the world
The architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, both from Basel, met whilst studying and working as assistants at the ETH in Zurich. In 1978, three years after completing their studies, they founded an architectural practice in their hometown. Here they planned and oversaw an increasing number of major international projects. Their most renowned projects include the Tate Gallery of Modern Art in London and the Allianz Arena in Munich. In the meantime, the architectural practice has over 400 employees on four continents.
Describing the architectural style of these star architects is far from easy. Their designs vary so much that they cannot be clamped down to a particular style. The only common thread is the multifaceted nature of their designs. The materials, form and character of the designs are adapted to the specific on-site circumstances and building requirements. The Elbe Philharmonic Hall is a prime example of this.
The Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg
The impressive 110 metre high concert hall was completed in 2016 and towers above the harbour of Hamburg. Apart from the actual concert hall, the building encompasses a smaller concert hall, a five star hotel, dining facilities and luxury freehold apartments. In addition, visitors can enjoy views from the publicly accessible observation platform. The platform is situated at a height of 37 metres and located between the brickwork foundation and the glass top of the building
The Elbe Philharmonic Hall is built atop the former Kaiserspeicher A factory building. Herzog & de Meuron integrated the existing brick building into their design instead of tearing it down or demolishing it altogether. It now serves as a solid, historical foundation for the innovative openwork glass roof superstructure. In this way, the architects have created a symbiosis of old and new – a perfect balance between local circumstances and the intellectual demands on a 21st century concert hall. The result is a building which takes adequate account of its location and yet seemingly aspires to attain lofty heights.
Philharmonic luxury with Engel & Völkers
Engel & Völkers is currently offering the probably most spectacular freehold apartments in all of Hamburg. 44 individual luxury apartments, spread across 15 floors, are up for sale. This will allow you to not only experience the Elbe Philharmonic Hall from the outside, but also penetrate right to the heart of the building, whose ambience is characterised by music and culture. The luxury apartments in the western tip of the building offer uninterrupted views of the harbour. The city, too, is clearly visible from most of the apartments. Depending on your mood, you can either enjoy the industrial charm of the harbour or the modern elegance of the inner city.
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