Venue of the Week: Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

C&IT's Venue of the Week is Hamburg's striking Elbphilharmonie, which was unveiled to the world last week (11 January).

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (credit: Maxim Schulz)
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (credit: Maxim Schulz)

Located in the HafenCity Hamburg district, one of Europe’s largest ongoing inner-city development projects, is the location of Hamburg’s new concert hall. The striking glass structure reaches 110m in height and is designed to mirror the city’s longstanding maritime history.


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On the grounds of the venue, groups will be able to find the newly opened Westin Hamburg hotel and a 37-metre high pubic viewing platform accessed by a curved escalator, in addition to three state-of-the-art concert halls within the building. With a floor area of 4,000sqm, the plaza is predicted to be a popular spot for pre-event gatherings and large groups.

The centrepiece of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is its Grand Hall, which seats up to 2,100 people surrounding a central stage that is within 30m distance from every row.

The second largest hall at the venue is the Recital Hall, which seats up to 550 people and with an adjustable platform can be utilised in a number of ways.

A further seven rooms are located beneath the Elbphilharmonie’s glass structure that will host smaller musical activities on a daily basis.

The venue is excitedly preparing to launch its inaugural music programme, which will feature artists from around the globe, as well as a resident orchestra fronted by chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock.

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