The walls of the new concert hall in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, have an organic look to them. Each of the 10,000 panels have a unique size and shape. Together, the uniquely shaped and placed gypsum fiber acoustic panels make for the ideal acoustic experience.
But they weren’t copied from nature; their design was actually determined by algorithms, using a process called parametric design. The philharmonic’s architects, Herzog and De Meuron, worked with the famous acoustician