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Elbphilharmonie Pavilion

Elbphilharmonie Pavilion

Installation of audio and video technology

The Project: As part of the construction of Hamburg’s new HafenCity, the city’s project company ReGe Hamburg commissioned the architects Studio Andreas Heller to design and construct a temporary information point, the Elbphilharmonie Pavilion. The task of equipping the Pavilion with audio and video technology went to Hamburg-based Amptown System Company under project leader Michael Staats.

Studio Andreas Heller’s design concept: The Pavilion resembles a musical instrument with its feel, surface, and appearance and simultaneously provides the framework for an acoustic model of the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

The lower third of the Pavilion is fitted with steel panels; large glass sheets encase its upper two-thirds. An exhibition is located on the ground level, providing a broad cross-section of the public with information about the history of the site, the architecture of the new building, and its future use through films, exhibits, and info panels. Another part of the exhibition is devoted to musical themes and experience as well as the future program: classical music, jazz, pop, and world music. The first floor can be rented for events. The real crowd-puller, though, can be found on the second floor: an acoustic model of the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall on a scale of 1:10, which gives music lovers a lasting impression of the architectural concept.

The Challenge: Installation of audio and video technology to audibly accompany the visible construction stages of the Elbphilharmonie and to explain its purpose to visitors. Additional media systems support alternating exhibitions and artistic installations such as the Documenta 12 installation “Mimondo Multiplo” by artist Olga Neuwirth which ran from 24 March to 17 April.

The Solution: The architect’s creative concept called for visitors outside the building to experience audio and video clips through funnel-shaped openings built into the façade. ASC selected the appropriate products and installed loudspeakers and display screens that were weatherproofed to withstand the corrosion and fluctuating temperatures inherent in the Pavilion’s waterfront location. This visually and aurally stimulates visitors’ senses before they even enter the Pavilion. The installation runs 24 hours a day without the need for additional personnel. In the event of disruptions, such as a power outage, it restarts automatically.

Excerpt from the list of materials:

  • LCD-TFT miniature display
  • AV player with CF card
  • SC-Master 16-channel audio player und show controller
  • Coaxial loudspeakers installed in “acoustic funnels”
  • JBL Control-25 exterior sound system
  • Meyer Sound MM-4XP
  • Sennheiser Evolution 100 series
  • Panasonic 32" LCD display

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    The Pavilion

    Tourist draw

    The 20 acoustic funnels on the Pavilion’s outer wall enable tourists and passersby to get a sense of tomorrow’s Elbphilharmonie today.

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    The Pavilion

    Tourist draw

    The 20 acoustic funnels on the Pavilion’s outer wall enable tourists and passersby to get a sense of tomorrow’s Elbphilharmonie today.

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    The Pavilion

    Tourist draw

    The 20 acoustic funnels on the Pavilion’s outer wall enable tourists and passersby to get a sense of tomorrow’s Elbphilharmonie today.

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    The Pavilion

    Tourist draw

    The 20 acoustic funnels on the Pavilion’s outer wall enable tourists and passersby to get a sense of tomorrow’s Elbphilharmonie today.

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