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Casa da Musica

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OMA - Rem Koolhaas, Inside Outside
location Porto
function music theatre
contributed by boeboe

After Porto was selected one of the 2 cultural capitals of Europe in 2001, an international competition started, for a new concert hall to be positioned in the historical centre. The shape directly derived from ‘programmatic-piling-up’. Two shoe-box concert halls were piled first, the other public programs were added onto the shoe-boxes and the ‘remaining’ spaces between the public functions were filled up with secondary serving spaces, such as foyers, restaurant, terraces, technical spaces and vertical transport. A continuous route connects all functions and ‘remaining spaces’ by stairs, platforms and escalators: the building becomes an architectural adventure. The loop creates the possibility to use it for festivals with simultaneous performances. Wave-like corrugated glass is used in both the 1300 seat grand auditorium and its smaller 350 seat counterpart. Through material transparency each space reveals its contents to the city; showing an array of performances and cultural events.

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A fantastic building, I was expecting the fantastic scale, form and complexity. But what is really impressive that it is also very well designed to the small detail. The quality of the materials is of the best, and care in design great. For example the chairs in the main hall have fibre optics built into the underside of the armrest so you can read the programme during the concert.
St Andrews, United Kingdom 15-Feb-10
Greatest masterpiece of both Porto and OMA. Worth visiting Porto for. The building fits great in it's context, is stylish and great to walk trough and follow the archtectural route.
Monnickendam, Netherlands 12-Dec-09
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Lisbon, Portugal 15-May-09
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Casa da Musica
Avenida da Boavista 604
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Opening hours The building is open every day, Mo-Sat: from 10:00 - 19:00 h.; Sunday : from 10:00 - 18:00 h., The Casa organizes daily guided tours through the buidling: 11:00 and 16:00h. For groups of 15 to 35 people. To reserve and more info:
How to get there? Metro: Linha Azul, stop at Matosinhos - Estádio do Dragão. Or Linha Vermelha, stop at Estádio do Dragão - Sr.ª da Hora.
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Completion 2005
Floor area/size 22000 m2
Cost € 50000000,-
Main designer, ArchitectOMA - Rem Koolhaas
Interior architectInside Outside
structural engineerArup
Client Porto 2001 / Casa da Música
Project ID 433
Latitude/Longitude 41°09'31N 08°37'52W
Contributed by boeboe
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