The other day I showed you a modern condo complex that is being built atop an old power plant, now check out a similar architectural feat, an airy glass structure being mounted atop an old brick warehouse. This is a picture of the plans for the Elbe Philharmonic Hall by Herzog & de Meuron. The striking building will be the centerpiece of HafenCity, a large urban construction complex that is redeveloping the underused industrial waterfront on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany. The impressive 380-acre area will be a mix of office, retail, residential, and cultural buildings to be completed by 2020.
The Elbe Philharmonic Hall is a $313 million project that will be a new home for Hamburg's NDR (North German Radio) Symphony Orchestra as well as a luxury hotel, residential apartments, conference center, wellness area, the Klingendes Museum (music museum for children), restaurants, nightclubs, and parking. The old warehouse will accommodate back-of-house facilities for the concert halls, the children's museum, public amenities, and the parking garage. The project is scheduled to open in 2010.