In 2007, the construction was scheduled to be finished by 2010 with an estimated cost of €241 million. In November 2008, after the original contract was amended, the costs for the project were estimated at €450 million. In August 2012, the costs were re-estimated to be over €500 million, which should also cover the increased cost for a strengthened roof. Construction work officially ended on 31 October 2016 at a cost of €866 million.
The Elbphilharmonie was officially inaugurated with concerts of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and a light show on 11 January 2017.
On 2 April 2007, the foundation stone was laid in the warehouse Kaispeicher A, in the presence of then First Mayor of Hamburg Ole von Beust, Hochtief Construction AG CEO Henner Mahlstedt, Hochtief project coordinator Hartmut Wegener, Hamburg Minister of Culture Karin von Welck and architect Pierre de Meuron.
The building is designed as a cultural and residential complex. The original 1966 brick façade of the Kaispeicher A, formerly a warehouse, was retained at the base of the building.
Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, Germany, on the Grasbrook peninsula of the Elbe River.
Elbphilharmonie is the tallest inhabited building in Hamburg, with a final height of 108 metres.
Elbphilharmonie is popularly nicknamed Elphi.
German president Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz, and architect Jacques Herzog attended the opening of Elbphilharmonie.
The Facade of the Elbphilharmonie is made up of thousands curved glass windows.
The structure has three concert halls: the Recital Hall, the Great Concert Hall and the Kaistudio.