A Penthouse on the Hamburg Waterfront
It’s hard to know which part of Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie concert hall is more fantastic: its 15-year gestation, its billion-dollar price tag, its 5000-pipe organ, or its absolutely dazzling penthouse. Built atop a 1960s cocoa, tobacco, and tea storage warehouse, the just-completed concert hall opened in January to the highest praise.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog, with Ascan Mergenthaler, the building houses two concert halls, a hotel, and residential apartments and is surrounded by a public plaza. The architects say that they took inspiration from the ancient theatre at Delphi, sport stadiums, and tents, and the swooping tent-like roofline, glass facade, and soaring interior spaces offer hints of those origins.
There’s much more about the building (not the penthouse), including photos, on the Elbphilharmonie site. And if you can get your hands on the March 2017 edition of the dazzling architecture magazine a+u, it features the entire scope of the development project, from its 2001 concept to its 2016 completion.