What Happens When Algorithms Design A Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphilharmonie

Although the construction of Hamburg’s new concert hall might have taken 7 more years before completion and might have cost ten times more than the initial budget, but with what we have on ground it worth waiting for.

The hall which is called Elbphilharmonie can accommodate 2,100 individuals and a sum of $843 million was spent on the construction.

Iwan Baan

The hall was designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron who are both Swiss architecture and are known for designing the Tate Modern in London as well as the Olympic “Bird’s Nest” stadium which was located in Beijing.

Michael Zapf

They collaborated with Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, who is well known for the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and they both utilize algorithms to create the auditorium’s 10,000 unique acoustic panels.

Fabian Bimmer

Each of the panel is made from gypsum fiber and contains a million cells which line the walls, ceilings as well as balustrades of the central auditorium.

Christian Charisius

Whenever sound waves hit these panels, the “cells” aids the shaping of the sound by absorbing the sound wave or making them to reverberate throughout the hall.

Michael Zapf

Although different panel scatter or absorb the sound wave in a different manner. However, they can create a balanced sound which would be heard from every part of the auditorium altogether.

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The outstanding audio engineering is complemented by an amazing façade, and is the tallest building in the town.

Bertold Fabricius

The roof was designed to imitate the shape of the waves and is also covered with giant sequins; the building likewise has a thousand plate-glass panels that changes color whenever there is light.

Ben Koren

It’s a great testimony to both architecture and music in a city where Mendelssohn and Brahms were born. Would you love to listen to their performance in this amazing concert hall?

Ben Koren

Michael Commentz

Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan

Michael Zapf

Maxim Schulz

More info: Elbphilharmonie

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