The Elbphilharmonie is located in Hamburg, Germany and is one of the largest concert halls in the world. It was built upon an existing brick warehouse on the Elbe river and officially opened in 2017. It features three concert venues that can collectively hold 3000 visitors.
The WSDG design team was tasked with planning and implementing an emergency alarm system and also to make acoustic recommendations for selected corridors and lobby spaces in the complex.
The three halls and the eight-floor high foyer were created as computer models in the EASE software program. In this context, the acoustic data was collected from the acoustic consultant Nagata Acoustics Ass., when available, or was created by WSDG through material data collected from the architect. Digitally controlled line arrays were employed in two of the halls of the Elbphilharmonie. In the larger hall a lowerable central cluster consisting of 6 CAL64 systems from Meyer Sound Inc. was used, as well as two more CAL32 systems for the sound reinforcement of the front rows area are installed. For the small hall, two Intellivox DSX280 HD were installed to the left and right of a small podium. In both rooms, mobile sound systems were installed to be utilized for special events such as music performances, rock and pop events, etc. For acoustic treatment in the large hall, 81 absorber panels were used to reduce the reverberation.