In The Middle Of A Financial Crisis, Hamburg Is Building This Incredible $500 Million Concert Hall

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

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Hamburg is building an enormous, 667,000 square-foot structure in the middle of its historic docklands. The hope is to compete with the big boys and become internationally recognised as a home for classical music.But in the middle of a financial crisis, can a medium-sized city like Hamburg afford it? And does it really need it?

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