Hamburg’s New Concert Hall

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Already one of Germany’s most talked about new destinations, The Elbphilharmonie was designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron. It’s a huge glass and steel building set atop a former brick warehouse, creating almost a ship-like appearance. The scalloped roofline and bubbled windows add interest and all bring light into the space, creating an airiness that would be lacking otherwise.

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Inside the hall, perfect acoustics designed by renowned Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota take center stage, with incredibly precise and accurate sound projected throughout the huge space.  At over $850 million dollars, the building was certainly a major investment for this German city. But with shows completely sold out and a buzz brought back to Hamburg, perhaps it’s another example of great design being a catalyst for growth and creativity.  Via The Washington Post:

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