STAGING THE SHOW
AT THE ELBPHILHARMONIE
The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg is home to three concert halls, including the Grand Hall with room for 2,100 people. The architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron took particular pains in designing the surfaces and their interplay of textures, especially for the inner spaces, which are clad in a "white skin" consisting of thousands of precision-cut gypsum fiber panels fitted to within a millimeter, giving the space unbeatable acoustics. Creating the space called not only for cutting-edge digital technology, but also the immense talent of the Japanese acoustic engineer Yasuhisa Toyota.
The very shape of the auditorium is innovative. The stage is in the center, overhung by a curved ceiling that, as the architects put it, "rises vertically like a tent". Its imposing shape dictated the form of the building’s outer shell. Here, virtuoso technology draws on an in-depth mastery of tradition. Here, where heritage and modernity come together, is where Karl Lagerfeld chose to present the Paris‑Hamburg 2017/18 Métiers d’art show.
© Olivier Saillant