Saturday, October 28, 2017

the Elbphilharmonie

It might have taken 7 years longer than planned, and it might have cost ten times more than the original budget, but Hamburg’s new concert hall was definitely worth the wait. The hall, called the Elbphilharmonie, can seat 2,100 people and cost a whopping $843 million USD. The designers used algorithms to create the auditorium’s 10,000 unique acoustic panels.
Made from gypsum fiber, each panel contains one million “cells” which line the ceilings, walls and balustrades of the central auditorium. When sound waves hit these panels, the “cells” help to shape the sound by either absorbing the waves or causing them to reverberate throughout the hall. No two panels absorb or scatter the sound waves in the same way, but together they create a perfectly balanced audio that can be heard from every corner of the auditorium. And it is perhaps the most beautiful auditorium in the world. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself:
Oh, yeah. One more thing: the outside of the building can do THIS!!!


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