Archinect - News 2016-10-24T03:12:56-04:00 Hamburg Concert Hall: Blame game begins in €800-million hall saga Alexander Walter 2014-01-08T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:11:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="264" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>German taxpayers are expected to spend almost &euro;800 million on the project, which has been criticized by politicians and the media as a waste of public funds. The costs have included &euro;300 on a toilet brush. [...] Meanwhile, architects Herzog &amp; de Meuron were blamed for the chaos at the Hamburg building site, after failing to stick to the planning schedule.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hamburg sues over Herzog &amp; de Meuron's pricey, late concert hall</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles</a></li> </ul> Hamburg sues over Herzog & de Meuron's pricey, late concert hall Archinect 2012-02-22T12:49:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T23:44:25-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city was initially prepared to contribute &euro;77 million to the project &ndash; but this figure has since gone up by nearly five times to more than &euro;323 million &ndash; more than half the expected &euro;600 million total cost. And the original completion date of 2010 has been pushed back to 2014. The building&rsquo;s designers had underestimated certain costs &ndash; such as an acoustic panelling for the main concert hall which cost five times as much as expected, adding more than &euro;10 million to the bill.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hamburg Philharmonic is on the rise Orhan Ayyüce 2011-05-25T12:40:00-04:00 >2012-10-02T17:43:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hamburg is building a cultural landmark: The Elbphilharmonie. Designed by the architects Herzog &amp; de Meuron, a synthesis of the arts comprising architecture, music and a unique location by the port is arising on the banks of the River Elbe. In addition to three concert halls, a hotel and 45 apartments, the complex will boast a freely accessible venue at a height of 37 meters, affording a 360&deg; panoramic view of the city &ndash; The Plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Covering some 4,000 square meters, The Plaza is almost as big as the&nbsp; Town Hall market square and is an ideal place for Hamburg&rsquo;s citizens, tourists, concert-goers and hotel guests alike to stroll and enjoy life. The Large Concert Hall, with seating for 2,150, will form the heart of the Elbphilharmonie. A special material has been developed to deliver perfect acoustics by reflecting the sound in all directions, thereby ensuring complete listening pleasure throughout the auditorium: The White Skin.</em></p>