Hamburg (Germany) – The Elbphilharmonie is going to be the new type of a concert house in the 21st century. Designed as a new landmark, located in the very center of old Hamburg harbour, the elements of the business model unite 1. an outstanding architecture for the whole building, 2. stunning acoustics of the two concert halls (to be confirmed) with 3. hotel, shop, office and restaurant facilities and 4. a must-see for tourists, a must-hear for audiences and a must-perform for artists.
The opening has been postponed several times and has been announed for 2012 recently. Much more realistic seems to be an opening in 2013. For the artistic management this means a real nightmare.  Even costs are exploding: from 77 million Euros in the beginning up to more than some 500 million now.

However, once opened the Elbphilharmonie will be another interesting showcase how a new arts institution is able to enhance cultural life of a city.