Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg was opened in January 2017, becoming the new cultural hub of the city. Herzog & de Meuron, who oversaw every single detail of the project, also studied and developed the design of the chair that furnishes the Grand Hall: the HAM is an inviting, comfortable seat with a dynamic profile. Its supporting structure is made from rigid polyurethane and has an unusual shell shape. Poltrona Frau Custom Interiors supplied and installed 2100 Ham seats for the “Grand Hall” which, designed to hold concerts, represents the centrepiece of the project and is situated at a height of 50 metres above ground level. Every single seat at the Elbphilarmonie is positioned at a maximum of 30 metres from the musicians, guaranteeing a remarkably engaging auditory experience. 

Hamburg, Germany

Designed by
Herzog & De Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron is an international architectural practice based in Basel, Switzerland. Since our founding in 1978, we have built a wide range of skills and experience that help us to customize solutions for every project. Approximately 600 highly engaged individuals from 50 countries are all eager to explore how architecture can meet the needs of our rapidly and radically changing world.

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