All the shades of blue

Valentina Costa

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24 AGO 2017
Outside, the river Elba, the city and port of Hamburg - inside, all the colours of the landscape in suite 18, one of the 44 residences lying beyond the mirrored facade of the Elbphilarmonie with Hamburg at its feet

It is a “declaration of love” intended for those who have chosen to live inside the Elbphilarmonie, the architectural work designed by Herzog & De Meuron, the main function of which is a concert hall and which redesigned the urban and cultural landscape of the German city.
Located on the Elba, at the western end of the Hafencity district, the great “glass ship” also includes a residential area of 44 apartments between the eleventh and twenty-sixth floors, with incomparable views of: the river in the direction of the port and Speicherstadt, the city of industrial warehouses that is now a Unesco World Heritage site, and further on towards the old churches and buildings scattered to the north.
The panorama displays the various layouts of the residences, each one different from the other covering areas that vary from 120 to 400 square metres, beyond the west facade of the imposing construction in sparkling glass. I

t was the landscape, in its changing colours of day and night, that also inspired the interior design by Kate Hume for suite no. 18, the first residence to be built.  
Highly skilled in the art of combining colours, textiles and accessories, the English designer brings to the residence on the eighteenth floor a palette of aqua greens and blues, mirroring the sky, sea and river, in addition to the oxidised tones of Hamburg’s roofs, ranging from yellow to purple.
Different textures combine with one-off items and vintage furniture, while the soft outlines of the upholstered sofas echo the organic, sensual shape of a tuning fork, part of the DNA of the Elbphilarmonie, that was chosen for the windows on the covered balconies. 
Charmed by the brightness, the large floor to ceiling windows, the generosity of the spaces in the day area, Hume nevertheless wanted to add architectural partition walls to create a surprise effect and interrupt the continuity of the space.  Not only that, the transparent, pivoting screens and sliding doors produce elegant plays of light. The natural materials, from dark green marble to bronze and oak lend character to the rooms, made unique by furniture and carpets created by the same designer under the HeijdenHume brand, her own design company.

 

Credits

Developer: Elbphilarmonie Residences, Quantum Immobilien AG & HOCHTIEF Building GmbH (Joint Venture)
Architectural design: Herzog & de Meuron
Interior design: Kate Hume Design (18th floor, Suite n° 18)
Furnishings: Minotti, HeijdenHume Collection (bespoke pieces), Linvisibile, Gallotti&Radice, Azucena, Rubelli
Lighting: DCW éditions, HeijdenHume Collection, Wonderglass, Henge
Bathrooms: Hansgrohe, Axor, Citterio
Kitchen: Eggersmann | Unique

Photo Credits: Ralf Buscher, Nina Struve

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