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Monday28 July 2014

Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg concert hall nears completion

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Neutral combines the construction process with visualisations of the finished structure in this unusual video of Hamburg’s controversial Elbphilharmonie concert hall by Herzog & de Meuron.

The new concert venue grows upwards out of the roof of Kaispeicher A, a warehouse built in 1963 and designed by Werner Kallmorgen situated on a pier jutting out into Hamburg’s Elbe river.

The core of the structure was completely removed but its brick facades and cubic structure remain intact. The new development will also comprise of an additional five-star hotel with 250 rooms, and 45 homes.

Intended as Hamburg’s bid for a world class concert venue to rival the likes of the Sydney Opera House, Herzog & de Meuron’s landmark structure has been dogged by controversy.

Costs have spiralled from the original budget of €114 million, to a reported €323 million, and local artists and musicians fear that the glitzy development will stamp out Hamburg’s scruffy home-grown cultural scene.

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  • "Intended as Hamburg’s bid for a world class concert venue to rival the likes of the Sydney Opera House ... costs have spiralled from the original budget of €114 million, to a reported €323 million"

    A long way to go yet. The final cost of the Sydney Opera House was 15 times the original estimated budget.

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  • The bigger the overspend, the better the building. A clear favourit for the BD Overspend Award 2011.

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