Herzog & de Meuron’s Hamburg concert hall "a joke across the world"
Chief of Elbphilharmonie has given up on planning for opening
The chief of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie has given up on planning an opening date for Herzog & de Meuron’s new concert hall after describing the continuous delays as a “joke across the world”.
Christoph Lieben-Seutter told local newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt: “You can delay the opening once, that happens a lot. That it should be delayed twice is very unlucky. But you can’t delay it three, four, five times.”
The troubled project, which is the subject of Herzog & de Meuron’s exhibition at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, started on site in April 2007 and was originally planned for completion in 2010.
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Its latest opening date of April 2014 was postponed last year when contractor Hochtief stopped work on four key areas of the scheme, which resulted in the city of Hamburg launching a £34 million claim against the firm.
Barbara Kisseler, culture secretary for the city, said the project team was now being restructured and the city is aiming for completion sometime in 2015/16.
When finished the hall, which incorporates the renovated 1963 Kaispeicher A warehouse designed by Werner Kallmorgen, will seat 2,150 people.