At the Elbphilharmonie – Hamburg’s new philharmonic hall and architectural landmark – besides music, comfortable living also plays a central role. Behind 15 floors of the futuristic glass façade designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, the currently most spectacular apartments of the city are waiting to be acquired. Of course, these exclusive condominiums require a substantial investment, but you will in turn be rewarded with a breathtaking view: They are overlooking the River Elbe, as well as Europe’s second biggest container harbour, the historic splendour of world heritage site Speicherstadt, and Hamburg’s city centre. And the best thing about it is: This view has been guaranteed to never be obscurred On the 11th of January 2017, this spectacular concert venue was opened after thirteen years of construction.
LIVING OVER THE SUSPENDED CONCERT HALL
All in all, 44 apartments sized between 120 and 400 m² are being built. In the second half of 2017 they will be ready to be occupied.
On the 18th floor, a 400 m² show flat can be found which has the furniture included in the price. It contains a guest wing, a second kitchen, its own gym, a sauna, intelligent housing technology, six loggias, and plenty of Carrara marble. British interior designer Kate Hume, who is based in Amsterdam and furnishes luxurious properties all over the world, has endowed the flat with an international flair, while taking up hues of blue, green, and copper from the building’s surroundings. A 270 degree panoramic view completes the dream home. Unsurprisingly, all of this is costly. As the price per square metre is roughly 25,000 euro, a potential buyer has to put up about 10 million euro for this gem.
While the show flat will be sold fully decorated, the penthouse on the 26th floor is going to be modelled incorporating the wishes of future owners. The “most spectacular refuge of Germany” contains more than 340 m² and reaches up to the Elbphilharmonie’s imposing wavy roof. Located roughly 110 m above ground, the city’s most expensive apartment is supposed to cost around 11.9 million euro – that breaks down to 35,000 euro per square metre. Even in this building, this flat stands out. It is the only one occupying two floors and features ceiling heights of up to seven metres. There is one limitation, however: The floor-to-ceiling windows can’t be opened. In order to breathe the fresh sea air, the sliding doors of the loggias have to be opened.
THE ELITE MOVES IN
In the most expensive residential building in Germany, so far the demand for the smaller apartments is the highest, which cost about 15,000 euro per square metre. Prices vary depending on the view and also on the floor the flat is located on. Some apartments look out on the water, some to the city, but you can also invest in one that boasts both views. However, one thing unites all owners: They enter through a noble entrance area at the back of the building into the shared lobby, which is supposed to be reminiscent of a luxury hotel.
If you want to find out how it feels to live in this architectural masterpiece, you will have to buy one of the flats or invite yourself to friends who have moved in. In case you cannot invest here or choose not to, you can still buy a ticket for the premium concert hall below and enjoy its fabulous acoustics. One thing is for sure, however: The apartments in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie are as exclusive as it gets in Germany’s housing market.