Aluminum Babel

David Chipperfield in Hamburg


In the competition-winning design for a high-rise on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg, the 230-meter-tall Elbtower, as it will be called, acts as a counterpoint to Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie nearby. This forthcoming building by David Chipperfield is a mixed-use complex, containing offices, shopping units, galleries, and a hotel. Standing on a triangular podium, the tower has an aluminum skin cladding that provides protection against solar rays. At nightfall, the lighting designed by the firm Studio Other Spaces will transform the skyscraper into a ‘sculpture of kinetic light.’ Construction work is to begin in 2021, for completion in 2025.

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