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Well Worth Seeing – What spaces should be reserved for culture?

Tourist attractions, spectacular architecture and flagships for the realm of art and culture; the opening of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 2017 mark an international trend – the enhancement of culture through spectacular architecture. Parallel to the “Elphi”, as the people of Hamburg have nicknamed their concert hall, numerous other outstanding cultural buildings have meanwhile come into being in Germany over the last decade. The idea behind it is to also promote the development of a city or a region. But has it paid off? And, what spaces should be reserved for culture today? addresses these questions with the help of: an interview with a graphic artist, background reports, data graphs, a video survey, an interactive journey through Germany and contributions from readers.

Checking up and digging deeper – is the “Elphi” the new face of Hamburg?

Since its opening in January 2017 the Elbe Philharmonic Hall has been celebrated as the new landmark of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. But there have also been some critical voices. How spectacular is the “Elphi” really, and what do the people of Hamburg say?

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Video Survey: What do the people of Hamburg really think of the “Elphi”?

Some find the architecture simply great, with others it has caused a rift in the family. We listened to what some people had to say about their relationship with the new concert hall. The result was quite a surprise.

Spectacular Architecture - A radiant new look for culture

Beautiful, spectacular and expensive - cultural architecture is becoming more and more extravagant. This development can be observed worldwide. But why is it so and what effect do these new buildings have?

Cultural sponsorship – who gets what from whom and why?

In relation to the population, nowhere else in the world are there so many theatres, museums and concert halls as there are in Germany. This is also due to Germany’s unique system of sponsorship.

A Journey through Germany – to see some of the most beautiful new cultural architecture

In 2006, the construction of Hamburg’s Elbe Philharmonic Hall began. It was, however, not just this magnificent international concert hall that came into being, numerous other remarkable cultural buildings have been built throughout Germany.

Architecture critic, Falk Jaeger, has selected the most interesting cultural buildings that have been opened since construction began on the Elbe Philharmonic Hall. The map shows the most interesting examples that have been opened since the beginning of the construction period for the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in 2006. And it shows that all the new, significant theatres, concert halls, museums and libraries are not only to be found in the big cities. That is why on every trip through Germany there are many possibilities to discover the cultural wealth and the architecture of the country.


What our readers want: #dreamingarchitecture

Under #dreamingarchitecture, our readers captured in images their wishes, dreams and ideas relating to cultural buildings.

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