For 10 years, several generations of our MK timelapse cameras have been watching the Elbphilharmonie for North German television broadcaster NDR.

The time lapse footage in this grand documentary was recorded and edited by us here at MK. It’s certainly been a monumental project to be a part of.

From the gutting of the historic warehouse that now forms its brick base, to the installation of the seats and final touches to the Grand Hall within, we’ve had at least two if not more cameras looking at the outside or installed inside the project.

It’s been an honour and a pleasure to witness the hard work going into the building, and to have an early insight into the glorious sweeping shape of the heart of the Elbphilharmonie, shown in great style by this draggable 360-degree video:

For more information (in German) please have a look at this article and the multimedia-showcase on, which includes some words about our work:

Spektakuläre Aufnahmen von drei Zeitrafferkameras, die über zehn Jahre lang fest installiert fast acht Millionen Einzelbilder schießen, liefern einen atemberaubenden Schnelldurchlauf des wachsenden Gebäudes bei Hitze und Schnee, bei Nebel und Sturmflut. Im Film dauert es vom ersten Spatenstich bis zur Vollendung nur knapp fünf Minuten.

Spectacular footage from three time-lapse cameras, securely installed for over ten years, shot almost eight million individual images. They provide a breathtaking rush through the growing building in heat and snow, in fog, storm and tidal surges. In the film it takes only five minutes from the first dig with a spade to project completion.

A much-shortened version of the time-lapse sequence can also be found here.