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Philharmonie Berlin


When it opened in 1963, the Berlin Philharmonie was considered a “utopian concert hall.” Hans Scharoun’s concept of “music at the center” and the terrace-like arrangement of the seating, which “recalls a vineyard”, came to serve as a model for a variety of new buildings, including the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Copenhagen’s Koncerthuset, and the spectacular Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. In this way, the Berlin Philharmonie became a concert hall of the future. In the foyer of the Philharmonie, illustrations and photographs bring to life the history of Hans Scharoun’s masterwork. A chamber concert at the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) featuring members of the Berlin Philharmonic creates a musical tie between the built utopias.