Wildly controversial at first, today universally regarded as an emblem of the city of Berlin:
With the opening of the Berlin Philharmonic hall on October 15th in 1963, a long period without concert house came to an end for the music-loving Berlin citizens. It took almost 20 years from the destruction of the old philharmonic hall during World War II until the opening of the new building. After initial criticism, the new „Berliner Philharmonie“ (designed by Hans Scharoun) quickly became an example of modern architecture in Berlin and a symbol for the reconstruction of Germany after the war. Today, as an elementary part of the Berlin „Kulturforum“ and its vicinity to the Potsdamer Platz, the new Philharmonic hall still represents the modern Berlin – and has become a model for many others all over the world.