Berlin Philharmonic Hall
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Architect Hans Scharoun
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Location Berlin, Germany   map
Date 1956 to 1963   timeline
Building Type concert hall
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Eclectic Modern
Notes irregular forms, tent-like sweeping main roof


Photo, exterior overview




Site Plan Drawing

Section Drawing



Discussion Berlin Philharmonic Hall Commentary

"A typical product of the Expressionist movement and of organic architecture, this concert hall in which the audience is seated around the orchestra was worked out in accordance with the laws of acoustics."

"Philharmonie, Berlin, Hans Scharoun's most finished work, rejects both rectangular organization and symmetry. Its curved roofs and ceilings are reminiscent of some vast nomad tent. External appearance has here been subordinated to the requirements of the interior."

— Henri Stierlin. Comprende l'Architecture universelle 2. p470-471.


Mathaikirchstrafe 1, Tiergarten, 10785

Sources on Berlin Philharmonic Hall

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46. small plan drawing, p63.   A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at

Kenneth Frampton and Futagawa Yukio. Modern Architecture in Color. New York: The Viking Press, 1971. color photo of interior, p395, plate 84.

Peter Blundell Jones. Hans Scharoun: A Monograph. London: Gordon Fraser Gallery Ltd., 1978. NA 1088.S24 J66. ISBN 0-900406-57-7. site plan, p36. ground floor plan, p37. main floor plan, p37. section, p38. ©Peter Blundell Jones.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. distant exterior photo, p239. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior, interior photos, section drawing. — Available at

Henri Stierlin. Comprende l'Architecture Universelle. Fribourg, Switzerland: Office du Livre, 1977. discussion 470-471.

Manfredo Tafuri, Francesco Dal Co. Modern Architecture/2. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1976. color photo of exterior, plate XXXIX.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Berlin Philharmonic Hall


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