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Elbphilharmonie Plaza opened in festive ceremony

Viewing platform now open - Mayor Olaf Scholz hails building as "an exciting concert hall for the world"

The Elbphilharmonie Plaza, the public viewing platform between the former Kaispeicher and the new glass concert hall, was festively opened Friday (November 4th) marking the handover from the builders Hochtief. Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, Marcelino Fernández Verdes, CEO of Hochtief, Christoph Lieben-Seutter, General Director of the Elbphilharmonie, Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Ascan Mergenthaler, the architects with Herzog & de Meuron, attended the celebrations.

Fantastic views of the city

Around 200 invited Hamburg residents including pupils from the neighbouring Katharinen school, people who used to work in the Kaispeicher A on which the new concert has been built, also joined the festivities opening the plaza to the public. The entire concert hall will be opened on January 11 and 12, 2017.

The plaza has been designed as a public-viewing platform at a height of 37 metres between the historic brick base and the new glass building. An 80 metre-long, slightly convex escalator leads to a huge panoramic window. From there, a second smaller escalator and huge steps lead to the actual plaza giving a fantastic outdoor view of the city and harbour. The interior gives access to the concert halls, the lobby of “The Westin Hamburg” hotel and the take-away café, Deck & Deli, as well as an Elphilharmonie shop selling books, CDSs and souvenirs.

A delighted Scholz said: “Hamburg now has one of best concert halls in the world. I am delighted that we are beginning the series of opening concerts with the opening ceremony on the plaza. We are standing here in the port of Hamburg, 37 metres above sea level, on the highest public plaza in north Germany with a skyscraper towering over us. The Elbphilharmonie is for everyone. It is akin to the ‘parliament’ of the music city of Hamburg – a concert hall that will excite the world.”

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