The price of a long wait and huge cost overruns, the Elbphilharmonie has been inaugurated in Hamburg.
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After years of political squabbles and budget overruns, stratospheric, ” Elphi “, nickname given by the inhabitants of Hamburg with the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe philharmonic hall), has come out of the ground. Or, rather, of water. Placed on the Kaispeicher A, a former warehouse, coffee brick, the building is bristling with glass rises to 110 metres and throne in majesty on the waters of the huge hanseatic port. One would be a block extract of Sea ice (1823-1824), a work of the romantic German painter Caspar David Friedrich, kept at the Kunsthalle of the city. The cultural institution, so long awaited, was inaugurated on Wednesday 11 January, in the presence of German chancellor Angela Merkel, with a concert by the NDR Elbphilharmonie orchestra, the symphony orchestra resident.
at the western tip of the Kaiserkai, the Elbphilharmonie, designed by the duo of swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, is also the figurehead of the HafenCity. This mixed urban project of 155 hectares (the equivalent of the 4e arrondissement), located on old darses – rectangular pools for the docking of the cargo – is in the process of redevelopment. Hamburg is finally adorned with a monument of international reputation, worthy of his rank of second city in the country. Effect Guggenheim Bilbao guaranteed, want to believe the defenders of the project, in the hope that the place will attract as much as the Spanish museum.
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