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Roofing ceremony held for architectural landmark concert hall

on Wednesday,June 02,2010 19:06

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A note of music has yet to be played but they've already raised the roof on the Elbphilharmonie - a new Hamburg, Germany concert hall. The building recently held its roof topping ceremony, which was attended by more than 5,000 people.

The construction phase of the facility, designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, has already drawn interest from around the world. The Elbphilharmonie is located on the Elbe River and will be 110 meters high upon completion. Featuring a glass-bodied design, it is being is constructed on approximately 1,700 reinforced concrete piles.

The building will be finished in 2012 and will consist of three concert halls with the largest having a capacity of 2,150 people. The complex will also include a hotel, a total of 45 residences, a public square and plaza elevated about 37 meters above the river and 360-degree views of the city.

The building is part of HafenCity Hamburg - one of Europe's largest urban development projects. German citizens have rallied around the project, as more than €77 million of the total cost of €400 million have come from private donations.

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