16 January 2017
It is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.
The Elbphilharmonie is a total work of art: it combines innovative architecture with an exceptional location, outstanding acoustics and a visionary concert programme.
An elegantly milled wooden panelling supplies a perfect acoustic. Both the Grand Hall and the Recital Hall of the Elbphilharmonie are acoustically autonomous spaces that are completely detached from the rest of the building.
Herzog & de Meuron enlisted the expertise of Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, who dressed the Grand Hall in reptilian layers of “White Skin” — 10,000 pillowy sound panels made of plaster and recycled paper. These panels have been measured to the millimeter to provide perfect acoustics for the Elbphilharmonie’s world-class acts, which include the Vienna Philharmonic and Yo-Yo Ma.