Archinect - News 2017-09-26T01:42:50-04:00 How algorithms designed the sound of the new Hamburg concert hall Alexander Walter 2017-08-30T18:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-30T18:32:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Detached from the rest of the building for soundproofing reasons, the 10,000 panels that line the central auditorium are the result of parametric design, a process of creating multiple individual designs using algorithms. A million individual cells ranging from four to 16cm long are cut out from the panels [...] The ivory coloured gypsum fiber acoustic panels contain a seashell motif and were designed by Swiss architect Herzog &amp; De Meuron with help from German studio One to One.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Interior view of the central concert hall. Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>"It would be insane to do this by hand," GCR quotes Benjamin Koren, founder of One to One, the studio that created the design algorithm for the concert hall's acoustic panels.&nbsp;"That&rsquo;s the power of parametric design. I hit play, and it creates a million cells, all different and all based on these parameters. I have 100% control over setting up the algorithm, and then I have no more control.&rdquo;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Photo: Johannes Arlt</figcaption></figure></figure> WWII German bunker adds "green mountain" on top in radical repurposing Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T17:48:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T17:48:41-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Repurposing and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renovation</a> are some of the hottest new trends in architecture, but architects in Hamburg may have elevated the stakes by their proposal to place a 19-meter high "green mountain" atop a World War II bunker in Hamburg, Germany. The new mountain would offer residents lots to grow vegetables, as well as "a bit of plain hedonistic pleasure" according to a statement released by the designers. The bottom of the bunker has already undergone substantial transformation: it currently hosts a nightclub, a graphic design agency, a music school, a music shop, and a photographer&rsquo;s studio.</p> Take a stroll inside Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, courtesy of Google Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-15T13:53:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:02:03-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nearly ten years of being put through the ringer</a> of recession and recovery, Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie&nbsp;is finally complete, and slated for its grand opening in January 2017.</p><p>But before the public gets to bask in&nbsp;Yashuhisa Toyota's acoustic design, anyone can peek inside the concert hall for a look. Thanks to Google Arts and Culture, part of the Google Cultural Institute's attempt to record the world's collections and cultural institutions for sharing online, you can take <a href=";sv_lat=53.54137132218951&amp;sv_h=222.96747409686537&amp;sv_p=21.524929239871653&amp;sv_z=1.0000000000000002&amp;sv_pid=aPhScs4OnuUAAAQvvo7Yfg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">your own personal tour of the venue</a>. Play conductor or snag that perfect seat; check out the coat check, or take in the view of the neighboring HafenCity waterfront area. The resolution is high enough to get a good read on those pocketed interior walls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out Google's view of the Elbphilharmonie&nbsp;Hamburg&nbsp;<a href=";sv_lat=53.54137132218951&amp;sv_h=222.96747409686537&amp;sv_p=21.524929239871653&amp;sv_z=1.0000000000000002&amp;sv_pid=aPhScs4OnuUAAAQvvo7Yfg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie will open on November 5 Justine Testado 2016-11-03T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T23:34:46-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>'s Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg will finally welcome its first guests on November 5, following nearly a decade tainted with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cost overruns and planning delays</a>. Located in the rapidly developing HafenCity district, the crown-shaped concert hall proudly announced its completion this past Monday to the city&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in giant gleaming letters</a>&nbsp;that spelled out &ldquo;FERTIG&rdquo;, or &ldquo;Completed&rdquo; in German.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Starting Saturday, the City of Hamburg will hand over day-to-day management to HamburgMusik. The complex includes three concert halls (the largest one seating 2,100 and designed by acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota), a music education area, and a &ldquo;Plaza&rdquo; where guests can take in&nbsp;panoramic views of the surrounding harbor. The restaurants, cafes and bars, and the hotel will also open. However, it seems the grand opening festivities will begin when the Elbphilharmonie hosts its first concert on January 11.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>You can also check out a cross-section of the project in the gallery below.</p><p>Previous news about t...</p> Take a look at Herzog & De Meuron's Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg Nicholas Korody 2016-07-21T13:19:00-04:00 >2017-02-27T17:13:31-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Elbphilharmonie, a massive building complex by Herzog &amp; De Meuron, will open in early January 2017. Set on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg, the complex contains three concert halls, a hotel, 45 private apartments, and "the Plaza," a public viewing area.</p><p>The main attraction of the Elbphilarmonie a 2,100 seat, world-class "Grand Hall," situated some 50 meters off the ground. The concert hall is detached from the rest of the building for acoustic reasons. The acoustic design of the concert hall was by Yashuhisa Toyota.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Elbphilharmonie is located at the center of a rapidly transforming area of Hamburg. Dubbed HafenCity, the waterfront area, surrounded by both the Elbe and Alster rivers, is Europe's largest inner-city development project. When completed, the district will be home to about 12,000 people.&nbsp;</p><p>The project drew <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversy</a> a few years ago for cost overruns &ndash; the total cost almost tripled from initial estimates &ndash; and construction delays. German taxpayers are expected...</p> UNESCO names Hamburg's Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District a World Heritage Site Nicholas Korody 2015-07-06T18:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:11:17-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has declared two districts of the German city of Hamburg a world heritage site: the Speicherstadt and Chilehaus with the Kontorhaus District. Declared following a meeting in Bonn, the designation was based on the belief that the areas represent "an outstanding example" of an urban area that "illustrate[s] significant stages in human history."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The districts comprise Hamburg's historic warehouse area, with a complex of connecting waterways, bridges and roads. The area was built primarily between 1885 and 1927, and housed the city's bustling port-related industry.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Spiecherstadt, the world's largest historic warehouse ensemble, includes 17 buildings in the Gothic red-brick style and once held goods such as spices, tobacco, coffee and tea. In recent years, the area has become a major tourist hub, with such destinations as the world's largest miniature railway and the Hamburg Dungeon.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Opposite the Spiecherstadt, the Kontorhaus district is considered "Cont...</p> Designing for the Night Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T15:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:41:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>When I speak with a student about nightlife they have something different in mind than a 65-year old town planning manager. In the municipalities, finding contacts is difficult - often nobody feels responsible or capable of speaking. That should change.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are sleepy cities and cities that never sleep. There are cities famed for their raucous nightlife, and others whose adolescent residents dream of leaving. According to the German urban scientist&nbsp;Jakob F. Schmid, interviewed for DW.DE, "Nightlife often defines the character of entire streets or districts." Schmid runs the&nbsp;"City After Eight - Management of the Urban Night Economy" project with Thomas Kr&uuml;ger, which is funded by the German government.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Looking at a variety of German cities including Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt, the researchers mapped nightlife "with online recommendation platforms as the basis for the data." The hazy blue results indicate that various forms a city's nightlife may take. In the famed-party city Berlin, for example, hotspots are diffused throughout the expansive metropolis. In a traditional German city, on the other hand, the nightlife tends to be concentrated "on the city center, usually on the streets directly surrounding the center proper."</p><p>In the...</p> Luftwerk's FLOW/Im Fluss to illuminate Chicago's Couch Place alley with screens made of water Justine Testado 2014-09-11T17:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:43:18-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Crafty space manipulator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luftwerk</a> will showcase<em> FLOW/Im Fluss</em>, a nightly light and water installation at Chicago's Couch Place alley on September 17-20 from 5 p.m. to midnight. Luftwerk, the Chicago-based collaborative established by Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, is best known for their signature medium of site-specific light and projected video installations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Presented by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Loop Alliance</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goethe-Institute Chicago</a>, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natural Resources Defense Council</a>, Luftwerk's FLOW/Im Fluss celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Sister Cities Chicago and Hamburg. As a nod to each city's river locations, the installation visualizes the characteristics of the Chicago River and Hamburg's River Elbe through video compositions that will be projected on "screens" made of water.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Having lived in both cities, Luftwerk is based on the encompassing, connective nature of water in FLOW as people gather to get a closer look at the flow of data readings collected from both rivers. Adding sound ...</p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> J. Mayer H. Completes Schlump One in Hamburg Alexander Walter 2012-10-24T17:23:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T12:36:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>J. Mayer H. Architekten has completed the "Schlump One" project in Hamburg, Germany. The architects took on an administrative building originally built in the 1950s and gave it the curvy JMH trademark update.</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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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>