It took 10 years to complete, was seven years overdue and cost around €700 million to complete – but, damn, if looks are the measure of success then Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie was worth the trouble.
Conceived by famed Swiss architectural duo Herzog & de Meuron, the unique 110-metre-high structure consists of a massive undulating glass top sitting on the foundation of an old tobacco warehouse.
It houses two concert halls: a larger one with 2100 seats and a smaller one with 550. On site there is also a 244-room four-star hotel, 44 apartments and a lookout area open to the public with stunning panoramic views of the German harbour city.
Even if you aren’t in town for a show it’s worth the trip for your Instagram feed alone, #architecturegoals.