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Wednesday30 July 2014

Herzog & de Meuron’s Hamburg concert hall "a joke across the world"

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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.

Herzog and de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie concert hall under construction

Source: Angelika Warmuth/PA

Herzog and de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall under construction

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.

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  • I assume that's all temporary protective cladding, wrapped around the actual building exterior hidden underneath . . .

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  • Isn't it quaint to think that at one time Herzog and De Meuron were thought of as innovators?

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  • Exraordinarily grim looking building. I must be missing something.

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  • It reminds me of the "Phoenix" building designed for the Apprentice final series 3. Quite disgusting. If this was in the UK it would be odds on for the Carbuncle Cup!

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  • looks ok to me

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  • What a crap building!

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  • Imagine if all the critics on here could be so critical of their own work.
    How can this project be judged so negatively on one photograph taken during construction?

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  • Easiest job in the world being a critic!

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  • Citing negatives on a major project with no analysis is reporting at its worst, leading to speculation which can affect the reputations of all involved adversely and needlessly.

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  • gosh...there are some sensible people on here!! (well said SW, Lanc, Michael).
    It is depressing reading the nonsence that gets posted on these pages by the informed readership of BD on line.
    Adrian Watson

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