Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonie, the Hans Scharous Philharmonie exhibition will be on display in the foyer of the concert hall until the beginning of the year 2014. Numerous illustrations and photographs reveal the history of the building - from the architect’s first sketches to the completion of the building - and give visitors a greater sense of its unique architectural design and aesthetics. Quotes from contemporary witnesses and architects of the modern era such as Matthias Sauerbruch and Jean Nouvel are testimony to the reception of its architecture and the attractiveness of the building.
Various architects have drawn inspiration from Scharoun’s concept of "music at the centre" and the terrace-like seating blocks, reminiscent of a “vineyard”, – from the Leipzig Gewandhaus (Rudolf Skoda) and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo (Shoichi Sano) to Copenhagen’s Koncerthuset (Jean Nouvel) and the spectacular Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (Herzog & de Meuron). The architect Hans Scharoun is honoured with a short biography, examples of his buildings and characteristic photos. Finally, there is a large area of unusual views and perspectives of the building, which offer something new even to concert-goers who know the Philharmonie well. Most of the historical photos in the exhibition were taken by Reinhard Friedrich. Nine current views were photographed by Mila Hacke, and Andreas Knapp provides six unusual motifs of the Philharmonie. The exhibition is open to the public during concerts and box-office hours (Monday to Friday 3-6 pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 11 am -2 pm ).