HAMBURG, GERMANY, 11 January 2017 – Initiated in 2001, the Elbphilharmonie officially opens on Wednesday 11 January 2017, after 15 years in the making.
From today, music starts to fill the building. Two celebratory opening concerts inaugurate the main concert hall, at the heart of the complex. This space rises vertically almost like a tent and offers room for 2100 people to congregate for the enjoyment of making and listening to music, with an unprecedented emphasis on the interactive proximity between players and audience. The towering shape of the hall defines the static structure of the building volume and is echoed in the silhouette of the building as a whole. The complex geometry of the philharmonic hall unites organic flow with incisive, near static shape.
The Elbphilharmonie has already become a landmark of the city of Hamburg and a beacon for all of Germany. It will vitalize the neighbourhood of the burgeoning HafenCity, ensuring that it is not merely a satellite of the venerable Hanseatic city but a new urban district in its own right. The public plaza of the Elbphilharmonie has been open since 5 November 2016, with more than 500’000 visitors to date.
11 Jan 2017 - ELBPHILHARMONIE OPENING