Hamburg Concert Hall Incorporates SCHOTT Television Mirror Displays
The solution involves double layers: central to the design’s construction is semi-transparent MIRONA® mirrored glass from SCHOTT.
Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and unveiled in January, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie features 32 round TV-mirror displays with diameters of approximately 35, 55, or 67 in. (90, 140, or 169 cm) placed on walls throughout the entire building. The circular mirrors tilt toward visitors, appearing to open the view to new spaces. In addition, the glass can transform into a digital display showing relevant information to concertgoers, such as providing directions or dates for upcoming events.
The solution involves double layers: central to the design’s construction is semi-transparent MIRONA® mirrored glass from SCHOTT. On its reverse side, passe-partout has been imprinted to cover up the contours of a television display hidden behind it. When the display behind the glass remains switched off, the double-coated mineral glass functions as a mirror. However, when switched on, the interference layers from the light beams allow images to be projected on the display screen.
SCHOTT implemented the concept at the Elbphilharmonie with German partner Cristalux, a specialist in glass applications, and on behalf of the full-service supplier of media system solutions, Amptown System Co. (ASC), whose Hamburg location oversaw the installation, connection, and commissioning of light, audio, and intercom solutions and special structures in the quayside concert hall. For the TV mirror displays, ASC selected MIRONA round, single-pane safety glass with a thickness of 10 mm and edges that take on a “C” shape in the grinding process.