Harmony of Past and Future

architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Ascan Mergenthaler
written by Dietmar Steiner

By the end of 2016, when one could already sense that the completion and opening of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall was nearing, the long-standing media critique of this, as people were saying, planning and financial disaster, suddenly turned into a unique and uncritical enthusiasm and admiration. It was an incredible surprise. As with many cultural buildings that have been built in the last decades, this was also a case of a complex combination of architecture, politics and public interest, so it cannot really be said that the project was moving forward without trouble.