World's Strangest Buildings
Herzog & de Meuron
Elbe Philharmonic, Hamburg, Germany
What’s really freakish here is the contrast between the new building—a liquidy-looking glass thingamajig—and the old building it uses for its podium: a stolid, workaday 1960s waterfront warehouse. This odd couple, united by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and scheduled for completion in 2012, will be a new cultural complex for Hamburg’s harbor, featuring a public plaza on the old warehouse roof, a hotel, some apartments, and a wildly biomorphic philharmonic hall.
Odd Trend: This new building atop old building
thing is a bona fide trend. See: New York’s Hearst Tower by Foster + Partners.