One of the most important buildings in the north German brick Gothic style has a long and varied story to tell. Already 700 years old, it was destroyed and rebuilt, and the fire at the end of Second World War left only a few external walls and parts of the tower still standing. Today, the stylish building rises proudly skywards, and its appearance gives no hint of those difficult days.B ut it has been a tortuous road, strewn with pitfalls, decisions, more decisions and ideas, but which led eventually to a really special destination - one of Germany's most impressive concert venues. The Finnish architect Professor Pekka Salminen integrated a state-of-the-art concert hall into the venerable old brick shell, and created a magical symbiosis of the old and the new. Since the inaugural concerts on 13th and 14th July 2001, this fascinating building has attracted thousands of people who now carry the experience with them wherever they go.