Architectural tour program 2017

Our new Architectural tour program 2017 has just been released. This year we offer trips to Valencia, Calpe and Benidorm as well as “best of Brasil”.

Best of Brazil, Architectural tour program 2017

Best of Brazil © a-tour

The tours are tailor-made for Architects as well as other professionals and also for a culturally interested audience. In co-operation with our international network Guiding Architects we guarantee a high quality experience. Our guides – architects themselves – explain the details behind the facade. We „open doors“ exclusively and lead you into places, which make your journey unforgettable.

Architectural tour program 2017

This year we offer the following international Architectural tours:

Valencia, Calpe and Benidorm 5th until 8th October 2017
Best of Brasil: São Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro 1st until 10th December 2017

Valencia, Calpe and Benidorm, Architectural tour program 2017

architecture trip to Valencia © a-tour

The following trips are planned in the future or for existing groups on demand:
Dubai, Bilbao and the Basque Provinces, Prague, Budapest, Copenhagen, New York City, Tokio,
Lyon, Wroclaw, Porto und Lisbon, Marseille, Nantes, Hamburg, Amsterdam-Rotterdam, Helsinki-
Stockholm-Riga and Tallinn, South Africa, Santiago de Chile-Buenos Aires and Barcelona

Here you could find an overview of all our programs.

Collector’s Edition

The Collector’s Edition of the award-winning Architectural Guide series by DOM publishers presents 200 buildings from twenty different cities which have produced outstanding architecture in recent years.

The authors are members our global network Guiding Architects which is dedicated to the promotion of architecture, open spaces and urban development. Each of these critics based in Europe, the Middle East or the USA presents five Highlights and five Hidden Gems comprising both modern buildings and landscape architecture.

The Collector’s Edition is available online.

Architectural Guide Collector’s Edition

 

Architectural Guide, Collector's Edition

Collector’s Edition

All authors are trained professionals with degrees in the field of architecture and most of them run independent architectural practices in their respective cities. They conduct guided tours for experts and non-experts, hold lectures, publish specialised texts, organise workshops and symposia, or work in teaching and research.

20 booklets in a slipcase: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Budapest, Doha, Dubai ∕ Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt ∕ Main, Hamburg, Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Oslo, Rome, Rotterdam, Turin, Venice, Vienna

Collector’s Edition

Collector’s Edition

Collector’s Edition

Collector’s Edition

134 x 245 mm
320 pages
600 pictures
20 booklets in a slipcase
ISBN 978-3-86922-266-0

Elbphilharmonie unveils 2017/2018 programme

The Elbphilharmonie presented Monday the programme for the upcoming 2017/18 season during a press conference attended by Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator of Culture and Christoph Lieben-Seutter, General and Artistic Director of the Elbphilharmonie. The new concert hall is now setting its sights on its first regular season. By summer 2017, more than 480,000 people will already have experienced a concert live at the Elbphilharmonie since the opening in January.

Elbphilharmonie unveils 2017/2018 programme

“The 2017/18 concert season in the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle will be much more extensive than originally planned. Huge visitor interest from Hamburg and around the world enables us to present a tightly packed, varied and exciting programme that can very much hold its own with the magnificent opening months,” said Lieben-Seutter.

Top world orchestras

The programme weaves a web of some 600 concerts that showcase classical music, jazz, electronic music, world music, avant-garde and pop. An extended offer for children and youths and the Elbphilharmonie’s world of musical instruments will allow as many people as possible to experience the new concert hall, said Brosda.

Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

Over the past few months, there has been a veritable run on Elbphilharmonie tickets. Some 850,000 tickets will be issued for the new season. Ticket presales start at 10 am on June 12, 2017. To give as many people as possible a chance to obtain tickets, a limit of four tickets per concert and no more than ten per transaction applies. More concerts will be added causing a rise in the number of tickets available.

Some 20 top-notch orchestras from all over the world will be performing in the Elbphilharmonie including two from the U.S. (Cleveland and Philadelphia), three from London, and leading ensembles from St. Petersburg, Perm, Montreal, Amsterdam, Rome, Birmingham, Zurich, Berlin, Leipzig and Munich. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) from Munich will give performances on three evenings alone.

Hamburg International Music Festival

Several themed festivals exploring topics such as music from the Caucasus, Schubert’s “Winterreise” (“A Winter Journey”) and Bohemian and Czech chamber music will be accompanied by enthralling portraits of musicians such as the composer and conductor Peter Eötvös, the pianists Daniil Trifonov and Murrary Perahia, the baritone Matthias Goerne and the artists Bryce Dessner and Yaron Herman, who oscillate between independent, jazz and notated music. The crowning glory of the season will be the 3rd Hamburg International Music Festival (April 27-May 29), which will be held under the motto of “utopia”.

All orders for subscriptions received by May 22, 2017 will be dealt with equally. Should demand exceed availability, the tickets will be allocated at random from all orders submitted. More infromation

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

Elbphilharmonie Plaza

Around 12,000 people flock to HafenCity every day to see Hamburg’s spectacular Elbphilharmonie, the view of the harbour and the Speicherstadt. Over 26,000 guests visited during the weekend after the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Plaza in November 2016.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie Plaza

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

Over 1 million visitors to Elbphilharmonie Plaza

The concert-hall is now a must-see attraction for visitors from all over the world and not just for the people of Hamburg. Smartphones and cameras are being clicked as soon as fans reach the 80 metre-long escalator, the Tube, leading to the top of the former Kaispeicher. Commenting on the popularity, Christoph Lieben-Seutter, General Director of the Elbphilharmonie, noted: “The unabated, brisk flow of visitors even on cold days confirms the huge appeal of the Elbphilharmonie’s architecture and that of the site.”

Elbphilharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Plaza

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

The opening ceremonies of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg took place on 11 and 12 January 2017. As part of the festivities, German Federal President Joachim Gauck, Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz, Jacques Herzog from Herzog & de Meuron, and General and Artistic Director Christoph Lieben-Seutter have spoken.

This was followed by the first concert in the Grand Hall played by the NDR Elbphilharmonie-Orchester – the orchestra in residence at the Elbphilharmonie – under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock together with renowned guest soloists. The programme also featured the very first performance of the work commissioned specially for the occasion by Wolfgang Rihm titled »Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit« (Here Time Becomes Space).

There was an encore performance of this concert on the evening of 12 January. Both concerts was accompanied by a one-of-a-kind light display on the facade of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. In the late afternoon of 12 January, the Recital Hall has also welcome its inaugural performance. Ensemble Resonanz, the ensemble in residence in the Recital Hall of the Elbphilharmonie, has dubbed this opening evening »unknown space«. The evening included, among others, the first performance of a commissioned work by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, under the direction of Emilio Pomàrico.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg – just opened

The new philharmonic is not just a site for music; it is a full-fledged residential and cultural complex. The concert hall, seating 2100, and the chamber music hall for 550 listeners are embedded in between luxury flats and a five-star hotel with built-in services such as restaurants, a health and fitness centre, conference facilities.

Long a mute monument of the post-war era that occasionally hosted fringe events, the Kaispeicher A has now been transformed into a vibrant, international centre for music lovers, a magnet for both tourists and the business world. The Elbphilharmonie will become a landmark of the city of Hamburg and a beacon for all of Germany. It will vitalize the neighbourhood of the burgeoning HafenCity, ensuring that it is not merely a satellite of the venerable Hanseatic city but a new urban district in its own right.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

Elbphilharmonie © Iwan Baan

52 Places to Go in 2017

we are thrilled that Hamburg was just published in The New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2017”
as a haven for architecture and design.

52 Places to Go in 2017

David Farley from The New York Times wrote “Zaha Hadid’s meandering promenade along the Elbe recently breathed new life into the riverfront and the nearby 19th-century Warehouse District, which made the Unesco World Heritage list in 2015. Adding to the sheen, the much-anticipated Herzog & de Meuron-designed Elbphilharmonie is scheduled to open this month. The 360-foot-tall glass structure sits atop an old warehouse, its spiky roof evoking sails and the city’s maritime past. And if all that architectural gawking tires you out, the uber-luxurious Fontenay will open this summer, the first five-star hotel in this northern German city in 18 years.”

a-tour can show you what’s new in Hamburg’s architectural scene. We offer architects, and people interested in architecture, tailormade tours to a range of specially selected recent projects in Hamburg.
a-tour are looking forward to welcoming you in Hamburg.

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Hamburg Innovation Port

MVRDV with co-architects morePlatz have won a competition to design the masterplan of the Hamburg Innovation Port, a new 70.000 square meter waterfront development that will add to the high-tech hub of Channel Harburg in Hanse City, Hamburg. The plan for the mixed-use development uses a fusion of existing port typologies and dynamic architectural interventions to create a network of buildings containing hotels, laboratories, research facilities, offices for start-ups and a conference center.

Located on the site of the old Harburger Schloss waterways, the planned development has been organized around a system of alleys between the street and harbor basin. A three-story plinth containing a variety of public spaces borrows from the harbor typology, and in a later phase, will connect to surrounding buildings via a series of skybridges. On top of the plinth, increasingly glazed facades provide light and views to laboratories, and higher up, flexible office spaces. In the building’s center, special program volumes will contain restaurants, cafeterias and libraries.

Hamburg Innovation Port

On the building roofs, occupiable green spaces have been arranged to create a park-like atmosphere linked by the skybridges, while arrays of solar cells will help provide energy to the complex. The interiors of the bridges feature flexible space that can be adapted to create large office areas. Parking, meanwhile, has been placed underground and out of sight, and is accessible through one communal entrance.

Hamburg Innovation Port

Hamburg Innovation Port © MVRDV

Most of the complex will be ground-up construction, but one existing hall on site will be transformed to be used for temporary activities and to support construction of future phases. An additional floating building accessible via a jetty with contain a hotel.

The plan is designed to be built in stages with the flexibility for possible program changes as the construction progresses. This will allow each of the five buildings to be realized independently.

The competition was organized by Hamburg construction company HC Hageman. Hadi Teherani Architects have also been selected to build one of the architectural projects. The total budget for the project is estimated at 150 million euros.

Hamburg Innovation Port

Hamburg Innovation Port © MVRDV

Hamburg Innovation Port

Hamburg Innovation Port © MVRDV

Hamburg Innovation Port

Hamburg Innovation Port © MVRDV

 

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

Due to the success of the trip we did in May together with our guiding-architects Partner GA Rio de Janeiro, we decided to do another architecture trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia from 18th to 27th November this year. The tours will be held in German. Find the program here.

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Praça Popular Caminho, Oscar Niemeyer, Niteroi © a-tour

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Brasilia © a-tour

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Quartel General do Exércitoscar, Oscar Niemeyer, Brasilia © a-tour

architecture trip to Brazil

architecture trip to Brazil, Inhotim, Centro de Arte Contemporânea © a-tour

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro © a-tour

Trip to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia

architecture trip to Brazil, Museu de Arte Contemporanea MAC, Oscar Niemeyer, Niteroi © a-tour

 

 

 

 

Elbphilharmonie

Another milestone towards an extraordinary acoustic is achieved: the 6,000 square metre – and worldwide unique – wall and ceiling membrane in the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie is finished. In addition to room geometry and materials, the so-called “Weisse Haut” is responsible for the perfect distribution of sound in the concert hall.

Important step towards opening 

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

The design, construction, manufacturing and installation of the ceilings and wall surfaces in the Main Concert Hall, the so-called “Weisse Haut”, is one of the most complex developments for the Elbphilharmonie. Its specific surface texture plays a vital role in the acoustics of the concert hall. These highly dense and extremely heavy engineered gypsumfibre board panels reflect sound, which is then directed and scattered by the countless seashell-shaped milled depressions. Approximately 10’000 panels in total are now installed. The completion of the “Weisse Haut” is the last contractual deadline before the handover of the building later this year.

“White skin” completed by contract date

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

Jacques Herzog, of the Swiss architecture firm, Herzog & de Neuron that designed the concert house, said: “The distribution of sound in the concert hall is crucial to the quality of the acoustics. To this end, the geometry of the hall, the materials used and the surface structure has to match each other perfectly.” The special structure and the fluent transition between walls and ceiling give the concert hall something natural. The surface structure was developed by Herzog & de Meuron after conducting intense research into the material and doing several form studies and patterns, in close collaboration with the Japanese acoustician, Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, and implemented by Hochtief.

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

The vineyard principle in the grand hall creates a special closeness between audience and artists. A maximum distance of 30 metres between the conductor and the audience in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg will bring music closer than in any other concert hall worldwide.

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

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Elbphilharmonie © a-tour

Campus Tower

Delugan Meissl has won the competition for the so-called Campus Tower in the eastern part of Hamburg`s HafenCity.

The building is divided into three parts, which are determined by the means of contextual parameters:
an architrave block, a waler and a head. This partition creates on the one hand a strong identity of
the whole ensemble as an urbanistic prelude for the development of the Baakenhafen, on the other hand generates urban qualities inside the building.

Special functions, such as the Start Up and HCU offices on the first floor, the access to the roof terrace with a connected office and meeting area on the seventh floor as well as a bar with a 360° view between the head of the building and the shed roof are located within the breaks subdividing the building. At the same time, the settling out of the head of the tower creates a sort of beacon effect radiating far beyond the borders of the property, thus guaranteeing a landmark effect from afar.

Two materials shape the outer appearance of the building. The opaque areas are wainscoted with dark concrete slabs; the translucent zones are designed as extroverted areas, which are concluded through deflector panes. This solution accommodates the requirements of noise protection, while allowing for a sense of openness thanks to the windows.

Campus Tower HafenCity by Delugan Meissl 

CampusTower

Campus Tower © Delugan Meisel

The external sunscreen is positioned between the deflector panes and the thermic shell and is therefore protected from wind and weather influences. The pattern dividing the façade follows the inner structure of the building; the opaque elements in the area of the pillars and the railing are reduced at the top. In consequence, this measure creates a self-contained elegance as well as an added value and a better view for the higher levels, while at the same time offering a cost effective solution and an energetically reasonable proportion between the transparent and the opaque materials. The structure of the façade carries on at the ground floor with large scale windows, which are connected to the opaque front.

The 360° bar located on the rooftop enables diversified visual relations to the Hafencity, the Baakenhafen, as well as to Hamburg’s city center. A filigree elevation is created thanks to the shed roof reduced towards the exterior as well as its mirrored soffit; the activities within the building are visible from the street in the evenings.

An exciting project that will enrich Hamburg’s HafenCity in future.

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