Elbphilharmonie: Waagner-Biro supplies stage systems

The big concert hall of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

The Elbphilharmonie will open on 11 January 2017 in Hamburg’s Port – an avant-garde building accommodating concert halls, a hotel and apartments. Waagner-Biro was responsible for the stage systems in connection with the project. “We installed state-of-the-art stage equipment in the two concert halls. The circular arrangement of the tiers around the stage in the large concert hall posed a considerable challenge and required special stage systems", explains Thomas Jost, managing director of Waagner-Biro AG. The concert hall of the Elbphilharmonie accommodates 2,150 guests at a height of 50 metres over the Elbe. “The stage equipment from Waagner-Biro ensures that the acoustics and visual appeal of the room unfold perfectly", explains Christoph Lieben-Seutter, general intendant of the Elbphilharmonie.

Waagner-Biro supplied the entire stage equipment for the upper and lower machinery in the concert halls as well as an ultra-modern CAT control system. In the main concert hall, 26 shear elevating platforms and five secondary platforms form the orchestra podium. 33 chain hoists, 24 microphone winches and six stage suspension barrels are also installed in the room. To perfect the ceiling design and acoustics, the chain hoists and stage suspension barrels as well as the microphone winches are kept in the openings of the hat-shaped hall ceiling when they are not in use. Waagner-Biro was also responsible for the stage equipment for the small hall that seats 550. 18 shear elevating platforms, a telescopic tribune, seven stage suspension barrels, a film screen winch and 25 adjustable acoustic banners create an extraordinary stage atmosphere.

The Elbphilharmonie was completed in the fall of 2016 and handed over the City of Hamburg. Visitors will have the chance to see the inside of the concert venue for the first time during the opening ceremony on 11 January 2017.