The shimmering wave-inspired Elbphilharmonie is finally complete - and it just celebrated the opening of its Plaza, just a few months ahead of the building’s official opening in January. Offering 360-degree panoramic views across the city of Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie Plaza is a public observation deck sandwiched between the historic brick warehouse foundation and a new contemporary glass structure. The plaza is located 37 meters above ground level, making it the highest public square in northern Germany.
The Elbphilharmonie Plaza opening ceremony on November 4, 2016 marks the first of many ceremonies to come counting down to the official opening on January 11, 2016. The plaza features an exterior walkway that wraps around the building and overlooks spectacular views of the city and harbor. The interior of the Plaza comprises stairs to the concert halls, the lobby of The Westin Hamburg hotel, the Deck & Deli cafe, and Elbphilharmonie shop.
“Right now, we are standing in the Port of Hamburg, 37 metres above sea level at the highest public square in northern Germany—and there is a skyscraper above our heads,” said Hamburg’s Mayor Olaf Scholz at the opening ceremony. “The Elbphilharmonie is a place for everyone. Hamburg is a city of music, and you could call this its parliament. It is a concert hall that will wow the world.” The Elbphilharmonie will host multiple musical events in the run-up to its official January opening.
Images via Elbphilharmonie, by Skynamic GmbH, Michael Zapf, Iwan Baan