Quickly after the grand opening on January 11, 2017, the once highly controversial Elbphilharmonie became Hamburg’s new landmark. It indeed is more than just picturesque. The building looks different from every angle – abstract but still fits perfectly into the cityscape of Hamburg. The concert hall, including the luxury hotel and private apartments, is a true structure of superlatives, below a dozen interesting facts about the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, summarized for you. You probably didn’t know all about it, did you? One thing you definitely have to know is the nickname of the building: Elphi. As Elbphilharmonie is such a long and quite not that easy to pronounce the word, Elphi is the most-known term.
12 Facts & Figures on the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
18,000 tons of steel used for the Elphi – for comparison, the Eiffel Tower in Paris consists of 7,300 tons of steel.
110 meter high is the Elbe Philharmonic Hall at the highest point – in fact, less than the tower of the Michel, or the spire of the ruins of the Church of St. Nicholas in the Hamburg hop market.
40,000 cubic meters is the volume of the Elbphilharmonie Great Hall inside the Elphi, the biggest of three halls.
12,500 tons, that’s how heavy the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie is in order to provide complete soundproofing, which creates the unique acoustics of the room. The soundproofing is so excellent thanks to two concrete shells that are decoupled from the rest of the building. So good that you couldn’t even hear the truly deafening ship’s horn of the Queen Mary 2 inside.
- more than 10,000
Also for the unique acoustics, more than 10,000 individually adapted wall coverings made of gypsum fibre were installed in the great hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
1761 support piles anchor the heavy building in the ground
The longest escalator is 82 meters long and leads from the entrance area to the Elbphilharmonie plaza. The journey takes around 2.5 minutes and carries guests to a height of 37 meters.
16,000 square meters is the area of the glass facade of the Elphi. For comparison, this is slightly larger than two soccer fields side by side. Incidentally, the glass structure of the Elbphilharmonie consists of 1,100 differently shaped glass elements.
two hundred thousand tons, that’s how much the entire Hamburg Elbphilharmonie weighs. This is as much as 2.5 cruise ships the size of the Queen Mary II, or 722-times an aircraft the size of an Airbus A380.
The Elbphilharmonie is not only a concert venue and a hotel but also a residential building. There are a total of 44 luxury apartments in Elphi. The smallest has a size of 120 square meters, the largest 400 square meters.
– that’s how many parking spaces the multi-storey car park has in the belly of the old Kaispeicher A, the lower unglazed part of the building. By the way, the flat rate for online booking costs € 10 for four hours, and € 5 for each additional hour.
There are over 4700 organ pipes in the Elphi, the longest is 10 meters long, the shortest 11 mm. The organ in the large concert hall weighs an astonishing 25 tons.