Well maybe not all glass boxes are bad. And this has to be the most extreme makeover of a warehouse to be found anywhere in the world.
It’s the proposed new Hamburg concert hall by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, 2001 Pritzker Prize winners, architects of Tate Modern (another great adaptive reuse), etcetera etcetera etcetera and architects of one of my favourite small houses.
The structure atop an old cocoa storehouse in the port city on the banks of the Elbe river will house a chamber music hall for 600 spectators and an auditorium where 2,200 visitors can be seated in curved rows all around the orchestra.
Hamburg is not exactly famous for cultural activities so maybe it’s a case of build it and they’ll come. Another example of a spectacular new building as instant tourist attraction. It opens in 2009.